“Clean my appliances?” you may ask. “I thought they were supposed to make life easier, not harder!” Well, yes. But occasionally cleaning appliances will not only keep them fresher and cleaner, it will also help them work more efficiently and last longer. How can you make your appliances last long?

Your washer needs a little TLC. Over time, mold and bacteria do tend to collect in washing machines, especially front loaders. Try one of these fixes (all of them if the appliance is really smelly):


I just read that I should clean my dishwasher regularly. Why?

  • Wipe around the under door seals
  • Pull out the detergent drawer and give it a good scour
  • Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the detergent dispenser.
    Follow up with a hot water or “sanitary” wash cycle.
  • To help prevent odor build-up in a front-loading machine, leave the detergent drawer, as well as the door, open between uses. Make sure small children and pets won’t be able to get inside.
  • Giving it a good cleanse will increase its efficiency. Remove the bottom rack and clear particles out of the drain. Next, place a dishwasher – safe container full of white vinegar (about 1 cup) on the upper rack and run a hot – water cycle to remove grease and odors. If the interior is stained, sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda over the bottom surface. Once again, run a hot – water cycle a short one will be fine this time.

Life Expectancy…

Dishwasher: 9 years
Garbage disposal: 12 years
Clothes dryer: 13 years
Washing Machine: 5 to 15 years
Freezer: 10 to 20 years

Gas Oven: 10 to 18 years
Microwave: 9 years
Electric Range: 15 to 17 years
Refrigerator: 9 to 13 years

-Q&A Written By, Laura Firzt
-Source: National Association of Certified Home Inspect | https://www.nachi.org/life-expectancy.htmors