To keep your washing machine clean and in top operating condition, it’s a good idea to clean it regularly.
This will get rid of detergent residue and any other nasty bits and pieces that tend to come off your clothes.
There is a cheap and simple way of doing this which won’t ruin your washing machine and is environmentally safe. Here are some tips on how to clean your washing machine.
How to Clean a Top Loading Washing Machine
To clean a top loader, run a normal wash cycle (on hot) and place 1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda and 2 cups white vinegar in, once the machine has filled with water. Let it run as usual. The bicarb and vinegar break down any grease or dirt particles and keep the hoses nice and clean.
Use a damp cloth with a little washing up liquid to clean any stains on the outside and wipe away dust residue.
If the fabric softener dispenser is grotty, remove and either run it through your dishwasher (in the top basket) or wash in the sink with hot soapy water. Replacing fabric softener with vinegar is not only cheaper, it’s better for your machine too!
How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine
If you have a front loader, add 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda into the detergent drawer and 1/2 cup white vinegar into the drum then run a normal wash (on hot). Just keep an eye on the machine while it’s washing as you may find it suds up a lot inside due to the build-up of soap residue. The more often you clean your machine, the less often this will occur over time.
Also take time to clean out the filter (follow the manufacturer’s instructions). Clogged filters is the leading cause of problems in front loading machines.
To prevent mould build-up on the seals of the machine, keep the door slightly ajar in between uses. This allows air flow into the machine and allows any water or dampness to dry. If any mould is present, use equal parts of hot water and vinegar to wipe it away with a cloth. Done regularly, mould will not build up on the seals.
Most front loading machines have removable soap and fabric softener dispensers and this is quite often an area loved by mould. Most pull out quite easily (don’t force it!). To clean, either place in the top basket of your dishwasher or rinse in hot soapy water and allow to dry in the sun.