Washing Machines and COVID-19 - What You Need To Know

Worried about keeping your clothes and washing machine sanitary? Here are our top tips on cleaning and disinfecting your washer!

With COVID-19 sweeping across the world and infection numbers climbing, you need to ensure you do not contract the disease.

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If you’re out at the store and wearing your mask, it only protects you from breathing in these particles containing the virus. However, while these particles might not enter your airways, they can definitely land on your clothes.

As a result, what you’re wearing at the store becomes a surface where virus particles could settle. The specific strain of the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic can actually survive on surfaces for days. And if you get virus particles transferring to your hands when touching your clothes, you’re only one touch away from infecting yourself with the disease.

Touching your face with your contaminated hands will transfer the virus, allowing it to start replicating in your body.

As such, it’s extremely important to wash your clothes after each outing!

Woman loading her washing machine.
Read on for some of our best tips on disinfecting and cleaning your washing machine to prevent contracting the pandemic.

Your Washing Machine – The Last Line Of Defense Against COVID-19

By washing your clothes, you destroy the virus particles, eliminating the contamination in the process. However, unbeknown to most people, your washing machine can also become a haven for pathogens.

While we all know the importance of clean clothes, many of us don’t realize the fact that we need to clean the washing machine from time to time too.

Leaving clothes in the washer before you start a cycle could result in the cross-contamination of your machine.

However, viruses are not the only issue at play with a dirty washing machine. Harmful bacteria may begin to multiply, causing bad odors and even illnesses.

So, by maintaining and servicing your washing machine regularly, you’re protecting yourself and your family from the threat of disease.

How Do I Clean My Washing Machine?

Follow this strategy to clean your washing machine at home with a totally natural solution.

  1. Take a rag and soak it in white spirit vinegar.
  2. Scrub the dirt and grime from the door and the metal drum using the cloth.
  3. Make sure you clean the rubber gasket (door seal) between the drum and the door.
  4. Clean the gaps and remove the dirt stuck in the rubber washer.
  5. Wait for 30-minutes, and go over the same surfaces again.
  6. Wait for another 30-minutes and clean off the vinegar with a freshly damp rag.

Pro Tip: Use an old toothbrush to scrub toughened grime away from stubborn areas.

Give Your Washing Machine A Workout – Run a Cycle With Organic Disinfectant

It’s possible for dirt, bacteria, and other pathogens to settle under the drum and inside of the machine’s tubes. Follow this method for making your washing machine virus-free.

  1. Get 4 cups of white vinegar and 1-lb of baking soda.
  2. For a front-loading washer, pour the vinegar in the softener tray, and the baking soda in the powder tray.
  3. For a top-loader, let the machine start working, and add the ingredients into the washer at the same time.
  4. After 10-minutes, pause the cycle and let the ingredients soak into the parts of the machine.
  5. Wait for 10-minutes and continue the cycle.
  6. Make sure you select the toughest and longest wash cycle on the machine.
  7. Let it run for two to three hours for the best results.
  8. We recommend running this program every 6-weeks to keep your washer sparkling clean and bacteria/virus free.

Call The Experts At Top Appliance Repair Richmond For Help

Seeing how important your washing machine is to keeping your family safe from the pandemic – if your washer breaks, it’s definitely a big problem that needs to be dealt with right away.

At Top Appliance Repair Richmond, we specialize in maintaining and repairing all makes and models of washers. Contact us today at 604-332-1475 and book an appointment with our professional appliance repair technicians in Richmond, BC.

Jamie Lin

Jamie Lin

Jamie is an expert appliance repair technician. Having previously worked for some of the top appliance repair companies in Vancouver - Jamie set out on a mission to start Top Appliance Repair Richmond in order to help people across the lower mainland get access to a more comprehensive professional repair service, without having to break the bank as they would with traditional appliance service companies.
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