Is your front-loading washing machine smelling? Is it a little on the grimy side? These essential appliances may be huge time-savers when it comes to cleaning, but there comes a time when we need to put a bit of elbow grease in ourselves. After all, there’s nothing worse than having a smelly washing machine in your kitchen, or one that looks like it’s never been cleaned!
As experts in home essentials, we’ve put together an easy step-by-step guide on how to clean washing machines from the inside out, including some handy advice on how to maintain them afterwards. So read on and find out how to keep yours spotless, sparkling and smelling fresh.
Clean under the seal with bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to get rid of all the mould and mildew that’s built up in there. Mould hates vinegar which is why this is so effective (you can use it on shower curtain too if mould has built up). With rubber gloves on, pour a generous amount of bicarbonate of soda into the dirty area between the metal drum and the rubber seal, as well as some on the seal itself. Pour some vinegar on and it’ll then bubble up a little. Next, clean it off with a cloth.
Pour some bicarbonate of soda in the drum and add white vinegar to the detergent drawer. Put it on the hottest wash and it’ll be sparkling clean when it’s done.
Wash the drawer by scrubbing off any detergent residue and mould. Some white vinegar works just fine for this, but any cleaner will do — most of all, it just needs a good scrub!
To clean the filter (this is an absolute must to remove smells), you’ll need to remove all the gunk that’s built up. You’ll usually find the filter behind a small door at the bottom right of the machine. Flip open the door, unscrew the filter, pull it out and remove the gunk from inside by scrubbing it in a bowl of water. This isn’t a pleasant job so be sure to wear some rubber gloves! Once you’ve removed all the gunk, give it a soak so you can scrub any remaining dirt off more easily.