A Step-By-Step Guide
We are all aware that while they are great at keeping our clothes and linen clean, washing machines themselves need a little TLC now and again. Without regular cleaning your washing machine can become rather smelly, and mould or mildew can take hold in its inner components – not to mention that nasty soap-scum sludge that can build up in the rubber seal around the door.
It’s not just the smell – if you ignore the grim grime that accumulates in your washing machine over time it could reduce the machine’s efficiency, and eventually cause a fault or two that might prove fatal.
Washing machines last longer if they’re kept clean and sparkling, so take the time and trouble to give it a deep clean now and then (about once a month for busy machines in family households).
Washing Machine Cleaning Process:
- Unplug the machine from the power outlet (for safety’s sake) before cleaning the detergent dispenser. This should slide out for cleaning (if you have problems removing it consult your machine’s handbook). Give it a good clean in a bowl of warm, soapy water using a brush if necessary to remove any accumulation of detergent or fabric softener.
- Remove the filter and clean out any build-up of gunk. The filter is usually found behind a small panel at the bottom of the machine.
- Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the drum and the rubber door seal, ensuring you remove any scum, dirt or debris that may have built up in the crevices.
- Turn the power back on – you are now going to run the machine, empty of any laundry, through three cycles using the hottest available setting on your washing machine.
- Cycle One – run it through a full cycle to loosen up any dirty accumulations in the pipework.
- Cycle Two – add a cup of white vinegar to the drum of the machine and run it through another hot cycle, to remove any mould or mildew.
- Cycle Three – add a cup of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) to the drum, then run it through the hot cycle again, to neutralise the acidic vinegar and any odours, and clean the interior of the machine.
- After the third cycle is complete, once again wipe down the drum and door seal with a clean, damp cloth. Leave the door of the machine open to allow the interior to dry out, and wipe the exterior of the machine clean.
Washing Machine Maintenance Tips
Here are some good habits you can cultivate to make sure your washing machine stays clean and fresh in-between regular deep cleans:
- Always leave the detergent drawer and the front door open slightly when the machine is not in use to prevent the build up of mould.
- Guard against using too much detergent and fabric conditioner which can lead to a build up of excess.
- Wipe out the drum and rubber door seal after each load of washing.
If you live in Bath and North East Somerset or the surrounding area and your washing machine is not running efficiently or showing an error code, don’t hesitate to get in in touch with Bath Domestic Appliances on 01225 461711 for professional help and advice.