Never. It's never been dirty.
Granted, I don't have kids, so I don't have washes full of muddy
clothes, but if I did, I'd hose the mud off in the yard first.
I always leave it open to dry to avoid mildew. I don't use liquid
fabric softeners because their residues make fabric go up like flash
paper instead of burning slowly, should you accidentally get it too
close to a flame. I only fill it loosely to the top of the holes,
so it doesn't slop dirty water up on the rim of the basket.
All I use is All/Cheer/Tide "free & clear" liquid, whichever happens
to be cheapest when I need to buy more, with a few scoops OxiClean
to soak whites and sometimes a scoop in other loads, and occasional
Spray&Wash Stain Stick rubbed on stains.
OK, I feel better. I asked because a co-worker was telling me about
cleaning the inside of her washing machine and I thought to myself, "I've
never done that. Do I need to? Is that really disgusting not to?" LOL
I wipe the washer top, rim, top and back of the machine with a
slightly damp rag once or twice a month. This picks up all the dust
and any spill marks. I vacuum around the machine once a month using a
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