We had to replace our washer in December. We were having some issues with it-- nasty loud noises coming from the interior and the interior of the lid was rusting. Hubs repainted the lid a few times, but still I found some rust spots on clothing after they were washed and dried. While there was nothing that could have been done about the bearing that went out, I learned that there were some ways to avoid the rusting lid issue. Here's what Mom taught me and a couple of other maintenance tips to keep your washer smiling.
1. Leave the lid open after you are done using the machine. It needs to breathe, people! (And dry out.)
2. Wipe away any soap residue from the underside of the lid. We found that it collects in the lid, continues to get moist and just sits as a big ole moist globbin' mess until it eats away the finish and rusts the lid.
3. Wipe around the top of the drum. Make sure that there is no gunk stuck up there. Your washer will be happier.
4. After wrestling laundry into the washer that has fallen victim to someone with the stomach virus, run an empty, hot bleach load after. Those germie ermies can re-deposit on other laundry. (That's what I've read and it makes sense to me, though I understand where it doesn't make sense in relation to the use of soap.) I've always run an empty bleach load every few months just to keep the washer happy and de-gunked.
That's the stuff that works for me. I've got some laundering tips at previous WFMW post right here. I try to help keep the internet smelling fresh and clean, one post at a time. :)
Have a great week!