DIY: Deep Clean Your Washing Machine3:15 PM
It appeared to be clean before we took it apart
Some dirt here and there on the outside...
For this tutorial I'm not talking about a regular old bleach or vinegar cycle, I'm talking about taking the darn thing apart and cleaning the scum you can't see.
Our clothes were not smelling so fresh even though we washed them multiple times, did plenty of bleach cycles, and used nice fabric softener and detergent. We thought it was time to get a new washer and dryer but I had my engineer hubby take it apart first to see what was going on.
This is what was on the other side of the inner tub. Gross huh!
We gave it a bath
This is how we took it apart.
Ours is a Kirkland brand; made by whirlpool. If you have some other brand you can google something like "how to remove washer tub from such and such brand of washer...."
Here is a YouTube video that shows exactly how to remove the tub in case there is something you don't understand. The end of the video doesn't apply to this cleaning project.
Unplug the machine so you don't get SHOCKED
You need to detach the control board. In the back there are some screws that need to be taken out.
Pop out the hooks on each side of the control board.
Locate the brass clamps
Pop them out with a screw driver
Also, unplug the wire connector. Sorry no picture is shown but you can see in the picture below that they are unplugged.
Pull off the washer "shell" like so...
Locate the fabric softener dispenser and pull it out so you can clean it
Unscrew the screw that is holding it all in place at the base
See, it comes right out
Now you just have the base of the agitator left
Twist it off. Be strong! :)
Pull it out and clean clean clean
Oh yes, you can take this ring off too if you want to clean what's behind it
Now that the agitator is off, you have this drive shaft. Notice there is a clamp resting upon a flat plastic piece. There is a groove on the plastic piece helping the clamp stay in place. Remember that for when you put it back together.
Remove the clamp and the flat plastic piece
Pop off the tub ring
Remove the water spout. See video on youtube
Remove the tub nut. You are supposed to use a spanner wrench but we got away with just using a pipe wrench and a hammer.
Pull out the inner tub to clean it
Clean the plastic outer tub
Cleaning the inner tub in the bath tub
We used target brand all purpose cleaner with bleach. It worked wonders.
We let it dry outside
Put everything back together! Just do exactly what you did to take it apart, only reverse it.
We did a bleach cycle after everything was all done, just to make sure everything was extra clean.
Ahhh, a nice new-ish washer
This project was easier to do than it seems. Be brave and go for it! Now our clothes smell amazing!