Your back-to-basics guide to washing, drying, and tackling stubborn stains.
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- Run white vinegar through the washer.This will sanitize the inside and clear away soap scum.
- Empty the lint trap.Wipe off fuzz with a damp cloth or a used fabric-softener sheet. Or wet your hands and run your fingers over the mesh screen to scoop up the lint. Fabric softener can cause a waxy buildup on the screen, so wash it out in a sink or vacuum it.
- Wipe the interior walls of the dryer.Use a cloth dampened with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Scrub any linty residue around the trap opening with an old toothbrush, if necessary.