How to Clean a Washing Machine
Tick this easy household chore off your to-do list
Although a washing machine’s sole purpose in life is to get clothes clean, sometimes it can use a little help to stay sparklingly spotless and fresh. Bacteria and dirt can build up in a machine over time, causing an unpleasant odour and reducing your machine’s effectiveness. The good news is, it’s easy to remedy this.
To keep on top of detergent build-up, you’ll need to regularly clean out the detergent drawer. And it’s not just excess washing powder that can build up in here – dirt and mould can, too. Remove the drawer according to your machine’s instructions (there’s usually a spring catch to release it) and give it a good scrub in a bowl of hot soapy water. Some drawers can also be taken apart to enable a really thorough clean. Just reassemble the drawer once it is clean and pop it back into the machine.
To give the drum a deep clean, add a cup of vinegar to the drum and run it (empty) on the hot cycle. This will help to disinfect the interior of the machine and wash away any bacteria build-up. Going forward, it’s worth doing this once a month (without the vinegar) to keep your machine gleaming and odour-free.
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If you can do so without causing a trip hazard, leave the door open after a load until the interior of the drum dries out. This will help to prevent mould from building up. The same applies for the detergent drawer.
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