How to clean a washing machine

Your washing machine is one of the key appliances in your household, so it’s important to keep it as clean as possible. Here’s how to clean your washing machine in five simple steps.

Picture: Caroline McCreddie

Our cleaning expert, Michael Brooke, shares the following process for cleaning your washing machine. Mike recommends doing this process at least once every few months to keep your appliance in top top condition.

1. Add bi-carb soda to machine

Add 1 cup bi-carb soda to the washing machine.

Take a measuring cup and add 1 cup bi-carb soda then sprinkle into the washing machine. Picture: Caroline McCreddie

2. Add vinegar

Add 1 cup vinegar to the machine.

Fill measuring jug with vinegar. Picture: Caroline McCreddie

3. Run through one hot cycle

Allow to fill up with water and leave to sit for a couple of hours.

Leave to sit for a couple of hours after running through on a hot wash cycle. Picture: Caroline McCreddie

4. Manually clean any remaining marks

Look inside the washing machine and manually clean off any stubborn marks or stains.

5. Run through a rinse cycle

Pop the machine on one final rinse cycle and leave to run through completely.

The final step? Pop on a rinse cycle to thoroughly clean the inside of your machine. Picture: Caroline McCreddie

This article was originally published as How to clean a washing machine by and is written by Kristy Barratt.