How to clean your washing machine to keep it running efficiently

It might sound a little strange to have to consider cleaning a washing machine, surely it does it every time you clean your clothes, but believe it or not, they do get dirty, and if left to accumulate, it will decrease the machine’s efficiency and cleaning power. It’s not just your cheap washing machines, either. All machines need some TLC sometimes, or they’ll stop giving you top performance.

You see, as you use your machine, small amounts of the dirt it’s taking of your clothes will make its way into various nooks and crannies, and even the detergent you use can cause a build-up. So, we suggest a small maintenance routine every six month to keep it in tip-top condition.

The door

Check the seals around the door. Chances are you’ll find small deposits of dirt, hair and maybe even mildew have found a home there.

To clean it, get a paper towel and rub it around the entire circumference of the seal. Then, get a clean microfibre cloth and pop some white wine vinegar on it. Wipe this around the seal, and that should clean away any mildew deposits.

The drum

If you’ve noticed that the washing machine has a smell to it, then it’s probably time to give the drum a clean. You can buy off-the-shelf cleaning products, but you may have all you need already in the kitchen cupboard.

For this, you need some white vinegar and baking soda.

Put the washing machine on its hottest setting, put two tablespoons of white vinegar in the detergent dispenser drawer and one tablespoon of baking soda straight into the machine itself.

Turn it on and let it finish.

When it’s done, open the door straight away and, using a clean towel, dry the drum and seal again. Your washing machine should now be smelling fresh!

The detergent drawer

Have you noticed that you’ve always got detergent or softener left over after each wash?

It could be that your detergent dispenser drawer is clogged up.

In most washing machines, the drawer can be removed for easy cleaning, so check with your manufacturer, and if it does simply pull it out of the machine and give it a good wash in the sink.

You’ll likely find it has been clogged up with detergent over time, so you’ll probably have to soak it for a while.

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