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.
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 condition. You don’t even need to hire a professional or invest in a washing machine cleaner! Just vinegar and baking soda to do the job.
1. Add baking soda to machine
Add a cup of baking soda to the washing machine.
2. Add vinegar
Add 1 cup vinegar water to the machine.
3. Run through one hot cycle
Allow to fill up with hot water (cold water is a big no-no) and leave to sit for a couple of hours.
4. Manually clean any remaining marks
Look inside the washing machine and manually clean off any stubborn soap scums or stains, whether it’s on the tub or rubber gasket.
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5. Run through a wash cycle
Pop the machine on one final wash cycle and leave to run through completely.
6. Don’t forget about fabric softener dispenser
If you have a removable fabric softener dispenser, gently pull it out of the machine before soaking it in a bucket of cleaning solution (mix 3.5 litres of warm water, 1/4 cup of dish detergent and 1 cup of oxygen bleach) for 5 – 10 minutes. Wipe with a clean, soft cloth before installing it back to the washing machine.
*For top loader washing machine, the dispenser is located under the lid. As for front loaders, the fabric softener dispenser is usually located next to the detergent dispenser and the bleach dispenser.
How to remove mould and mildew from the washing machine
It’s easy for the washing machine to develop mould especially when the rubber seals are constantly exposed to moisture. If left unchecked, the developed moulds and odour can be transferred onto clothing during the wash cycle. While removing this mould can be tedious, but it can be done.
1. Run a normal cycle
Start by running a normal cycle with hot water and bleach or vinegar.
2. Mix the cleaning solution
Mix one part bleach with four parts water (or equal parts water and vinegar) in a spray bottle.
3. Spray the cleaning solution on the infected areas
Look for areas with mould and start spraying. You should also wear a pair of rubber gloves to protect yourself from the bleach.
4. Wipe with a clean cloth
Wipe it down with a clean cl0th. For stubborn moulds, let the solutions sit for another few minutes before wiping it off.
5. Rinse and clean
Rinse the area with clean water before wiping it with a clean cloth.