How To Clean The Washing Machine
You wash regularly, you use quality detergents and fabric softener, but your laundry still doesn't smell fresh? The problem may be that you don´t clean the washing machine regularly. You will learn how to clean the washing machine of all dirt in this article.
What Causes The Washing Machine To Get Dirty?
Even if the washing machine is self-cleaning dirt can settle in, in the form of hair, grease, little stones or detergent residue. These often help form mould and are also a perfect place for bacteria to multiply. The combination of these factors cause an unpleasant odour to emanate from the washing machine in turn causing the laundry to smell.
How to get rid of the odour of laundry? Read our article, here.
Which Parts Of The Washing Machine Need To Be Cleaned?
The filter protects your washing machine from damage by trapping both larger and smaller bits of dirt. Clogging it can permanently damage the washing machine. For this reason, do not forget to clean the filter. To clean it, just pull it out, remove the dirt by hand and rinse it under running hot water. You should clean the filter at least twice a year.
Dispenser And Space Under It
You should also clean the dispenser and the space under it once in a while. To do this, pull out the dispenser and clean the detergent and sediment residues with a sponge. An old toothbrush will help you clean the hard-to-reach places. It is best to rinse the dispenser after each wash and clean it at least once a month.
Washing Machine Drum
We can't see under the washing machine drum, but that doesn't mean it's clean. Limescale and many other impurities can settle under it. Cleaning the drum is important to ensure that the washing machine is not damaged during washing and that the laundry is clean and fresh. Various cleaning agents are produced for cleaning the drum, but make sure to always read the instructions. We recommend cleaning the drum at least once every 3 months.
Rubber Seal Of The Washing Machine
After each wash, a lot of dirt settles in the sealing rubber at the door of the washing machine. It is best to remove these impurities by hand after each wash and wipe the rubber with a dry cloth.
TIP: After washing, let the washing machine ventilate well. Leave the washing machine door and the dispenser open after each wash. This will prevent the formation of mould in a humid environment.
What To Use To Clean The Washing Machine
You can find a wide range of chemicals for cleaning your washing machine. There are liquid cleaners, cleaning tablets with an oxidizing effect, powder descalers or bags of grease and limescale remover. These products are intended for gentle yet complete cleaning of the washing machine. When using them, make sure to follow the instructions on the packaging.
I use my grandma's advice for cleaning the washing machine. I don't have to use special chemicals, only bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Here is the process, step by step.
- Pour half a cup of soda into the detergent compartment.
- Fill the fabric softener compartment with vinegar.
- Add another 2 cups of vinegar directly to the washing machine drum.
- Start the longest cycle and the highest temperature on the washing machine.
- Stop the wash cycle before rinsing and let the water work best overnight.
- Then switch the washing machine on again and let the cycle run.
If you have not cleaned the washing machine for a long time, repeat the cycle once more. But this time without the soda, all you need will be vinegar poured into the drum and the cycle doesn't need to be stopped.
How To Prevent Limescale In The Washing Machine
Prevention is always better than finding a solution. You can prevent limescale build-up by using softeners. Dispense the detergents according to the instructions and be sure not to use any more than necessary. At least once a month, wash one batch of laundry at at least 60°C and let the washing machine dry thoroughly after each wash.