Ask Anna: The Best Laundry Room Cleaning Tips
Hi there! Over the last couple of months we’ve tackled cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, but today we’re going to talk about a room that does a lot of cleaning for us and often gets overlooked – the laundry room. When was the last time you stopped and thought, “Hmm, I should clean the laundry room?” I can’t even tell you the last time I thought that because when I’m in there I’m usually focused on cleaning our clothes! But today I’m turning over a new leaf and sharing my best tips, as well as some of the important places we need to clean in our laundry rooms.
The Washing Machine
Our washing machines do so much work for us but we rarely think to stop and clean them. Depending on the type of washer you have, you’ll have to clean it differently – cleaning an older top-loading washing machine is a little different than cleaning a front-loading washing machine. However, if you’re like me and you have a newer top loading machine here’s what you need to clean it:
- Hydrogen peroxide or bleach
- Gentle sponge (not a heavy duty one because you don’t want to scratch your machine)
- Microfiber cloth
- Cotton swabs
First, spray the entire inside of the washing machine with hydrogen peroxide, including the soap and bleach dispensers. Let it sit for a minute or two so the hydrogen peroxide can kill all the bacteria, then rinse the bowl with water and a non-scratching sponge. If you don’t have a gentle sponge, a microfiber cloth will work well too.
Next, take the cotton swabs and clean out all the crevasses of the soap and bleach dispensers – it’s amazing how much gunk gets stuck in there! After you’ve cleaned all the nooks and crannies, rinse them clean with water and the microfiber cloth.
Next, close the lid of the washer and spray the buttons with the hydrogen peroxide to disinfect them. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe them clean and then quickly wipe down the rest of the outside of the machine.
While you’re at it, do the same thing to the dryer and spray the buttons and wipe down the outside of the machine, to disinfect and dust it.
We’re all in the habit of cleaning out the lint trap between loads, but have you ever stopped to look in the lint trap to see how much lint is still stuck in there? It’s crazy!
To clean it out and extend the life of your dryer, use a dryer lint brush. They are great for reaching way down in the lint trap and getting all the extra lint out of the places our fingers can’t reach.
If you need a more detailed post on how to really clean and tune up your dryer, I’ve got that covered for you, too.
Shelves and Counters
Now that all the hard work of cleaning the washer and dryer is done, it’s time to focus on the rest of the room. Remove everything from the shelves or cupboards, and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth. Dust any decorative items before putting them back on the shelves.
Clear off the counters and spray them with the hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for a minute, then wipe them clean with the microfiber cloth. Make sure to wipe down the backsplash and/or walls above the counter too.
Next, spray all the knobs and/or pulls on the cupboard with the hydrogen peroxide to disinfect them. After a minute, wipe them off with the microfiber cloth.
Before cleaning the floors make sure to remove everything except the washer and dryer. The laundry room is full of lint and dust bunnies that like to hide anywhere they can find. By removing everything from the floor you’ll be able to clean up as much of it as possible. Before mopping, thoroughly vacuum the floors and behind the washer and dryer (if you can reach). Next, I recommend using a steam mop to clean the floors because laundry room floors are usually high traffic areas and need a good thorough cleaning. Steam mops are a great way to not only clean the floor but disinfect it too.
Now that your laundry room is sparkly clean you can sit back and relax… until it’s time to do laundry again. The laundry might be never ending, but the good news is that you only need to detail your laundry room every six months or so (except for the floors, they need to be cleaned more often).
Happy cleaning! I’ll be back next month sharing tips for how to keep the living room clean and organized!