Cleaning your GE Deep Fill Washing Machine properly and regularly is essential to keep it functioning smoothly and to prolong its lifespan. Regular cleaning can prevent unpleasant odors, mold, and mildew buildup, and maintain the machine’s performance. This comprehensive guide will walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to clean your GE Deep Fill Washing Machine, from the interior to the exterior, and even the dispensers.
To clean a GE Deep Fill Washing Machine, start by emptying the washer and choosing a cleaning agent like liquid bleach, vinegar, or a washing machine cleaner. Pour the cleaning agent into the basket and select the Basket Clean cycle. Once the cycle is finished, wipe down the outer surfaces and clean the gasket and rubber seal. Regularly clean the exterior with a vinegar-water solution and the dispensers by soaking in a detergent-bleach solution. To prevent mold and mildew, clean the washer tub monthly, leave the lid open when not in use, use high-efficiency detergents, and regularly clean the gasket and dispensers.
Signs Your Washing Machine Needs Cleaning
Before we dive into the cleaning process, let’s identify the signs that your washing machine needs cleaning:
- Unpleasant Odors: This is usually the first sign that your washing machine needs cleaning. Odors can be a result of mold, mildew, or detergent buildup inside the machine.
- Visible Mildew or Mold: If you notice mold or mildew around the lid, door, or detergent dispenser, it’s time to clean your machine.
- Marks or Stains on Clothes: If your clothes come out of the wash with marks or stains, it could be due to residue buildup inside the machine.
- Reduced Performance: If your washing machine isn’t performing as efficiently as it once did, it could be due to residue buildup affecting its functions.
Before you start cleaning your GE Deep Fill Washing Machine, make sure to take these preliminary steps:
- Empty the Washer: Ensure the washer basket is empty. Remove any garments or objects from the washer.
- Choose a Cleaning Agent: You can use liquid bleach, vinegar, or a washing machine cleaner like Tide Washing Machine Cleaner or Glisten Washer Magic.
- Prepare for the Cleaning Cycle: For models with a Basket Clean cycle, pour one cup (or 250 ml) of the chosen cleaning agent into the basket. For models without a Basket Clean cycle, you will need to run a large Heavy/Cotton wash cycle with no items in the wash basket and one cup of the chosen cleaning agent.
Cleaning the Interior
To clean the interior of your GE Deep Fill Washing Machine, follow these detailed steps:
- Empty the Washer: Ensure the washer basket is empty.
- Add Cleaning Agent: Pour one cup (250 ml) of your chosen cleaning agent into the basket.
- Select the Cleaning Cycle: Close the lid and select the Basket Clean cycle (if available), then push the Start button.
- Allow the Cycle to Complete: Do not interrupt the Basket Clean cycle. Let it complete fully.
- Wipe the Outer Surfaces: Wipe down the outer surfaces, including the dials, buttons, and electronic panels, with a clean towel while the machine is running.
- Clean the Gasket and Rubber Seal: Once the cycle is finished, use a cloth to remove any leftover residue from inside the washer. Pay special attention to the area behind the gasket and the rubber seal. Be gentle, as these parts can be delicate.
Cleaning the Exterior
The exterior of your GE Deep Fill Washing Machine also needs regular cleaning. Here’s a simple method:
- Prepare a Cleaning Solution: Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water in a small bucket or spray bottle.
- Wipe Down the Exterior: Use a damp microfiber cloth soaked in the cleaning solution to wipe down the entire exterior surface of the washer, including the control panel, door, and sides.
- Clean the Knobs and Electronic Panels: Use a soft-bristled brush to clean the corners and tight areas around the lid and control panel.
- Rinse with a Damp Cloth: Rinse the cloth with clean water and use it to wipe off any remaining cleaning solution residue.
- Dry with a Towel: Use a clean towel to dry the exterior of the washer, preventing water spots and streaks.
Cleaning the Dispensers
The dispensers of your GE Deep Fill Washing Machine should be cleaned every four to six weeks. Here’s how:
- Remove the Dispenser: Remove the dispenser from the top of the agitator.
- Soak the Dispenser Parts: Soak both the dispenser cup and the dispenser cover in a solution of 1 gallon (3.8 liters) warm water, 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy-duty liquid detergent, and 1 cup (240 ml) bleach.
- Rinse the Dispenser: Rinse the dispenser thoroughly after soaking.
- Prevent Build-Up: Dilute your liquid softener with clean water to avoid build-up in the future.
Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth
To prevent mold and mildew growth in your GE Deep Fill Washing Machine, follow these tips:
- Clean the Washer Tub Monthly: This helps prevent mold and mildew odors.
- Leave the Washer Lid Open When Not in Use: This allows air to circulate and dry out the moisture remaining in the tub area.
- Use the Right Detergent: Use high-efficiency (HE) detergents, as regular detergents can leave soap scum behind, which can lead to mold growth.
- Clean the Gasket and Other Areas: Regularly inspect and clean the gasket, detergent dispenser, and other areas where mold and mildew can accumulate.
By following these comprehensive cleaning steps, you can maintain the performance and prolong the lifespan of your GE Deep Fill Washing Machine. Regular cleaning will also keep your clothes fresher and cleaner.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I clean my GE Deep Fill Washing Machine?
It’s recommended to clean the interior of your GE Deep Fill Washing Machine once a month to prevent buildup and odors. The dispensers should be cleaned every four to six weeks, and the exterior can be cleaned as needed but ideally every couple of months.
Can I use any cleaning agent to clean my GE Deep Fill Washing Machine?
You can use liquid bleach, vinegar, or a specific washing machine cleaner like Tide Washing Machine Cleaner or Glisten Washer Magic. Avoid using harsh chemicals that could damage the machine’s surfaces.
What should I do if my clothes still have marks or stains after cleaning the machine?
If your clothes still have marks or stains after you’ve cleaned the machine, you may need to run a second cleaning cycle, or it might be an issue with your detergent. Try switching to a high-efficiency (HE) detergent if you’re not already using one.
What’s the purpose of leaving the washer lid open when not in use?
Leaving the washer lid open when not in use allows air to circulate and dry out any moisture remaining in the tub area. This helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Can I use a different ratio of vinegar to water for the cleaning solution?
Yes, you can adjust the ratio of vinegar to water in your cleaning solution if needed. However, a 1:1 ratio is typically effective for removing most dirt and grime. If you find the smell of vinegar too strong, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the solution.