You may think that your washing machine cleans itself with each wash you put in it. However, each time you put washing in your machine, you are pushing dirt and grime through the system as well as fresh water. And if you’re similar to me, loads of mud from dog walks too! So, even though your washing machine is pumping clean water through itself each time you use it, once it mixes with your washing, it is no longer clean. So, how can you clean a washing machine? Well, we’re glad you asked. Cleaning a washing machine isn’t difficult and below we’re going to tell you exactly how to do it!
How to clean your washing machine
If you use your washing machine a lot, you should consider cleaning it once a month. If you don’t do too many loads of washing, you can get away with cleaning it every three to six months. However, the more you clean your washing machine, the better it will perform. Cleaning inside your washing machine is as simple as running two cycles:
Bicarbonate of soda – cycle one
With an empty washing machine, add a couple of cups of bicarbonate of soda into the drum of your washing machine. This will scrub the inside and take care of pesky smells left behind by clothes and cleaning products. Use a long, hot water cycle to aid the bicarbonate of soda. Your washing machine may have a self-clean function, you can use that if it does.
Vinegar – cycle two
Once the first cycle has finished, add a couple of cups of vinegar to the machine. You can use essential oils with the vinegar too. These not only help with the smell of the vinegar but can also take care of mineral deposits in the machine too. Run the same cycle as you did above.
A bit of elbow grease
After you have run both washing cycles, you can come in with a microfibre cloth and give the drum a wipe down to ensure it is lovely and clean. Make sure you pay attention to the rubber seal of the washing machine during this step as nasty stuff loves to hang around here.
Cleaning the dispenser tray
Most washing machines have removable dispenser trays. If yours does take it out and soak the tray in vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. You can do this while the washing machine is running those cycles. This means can you wipe the trays clean easily. If your washing machine doesn’t have removable trays, you can add a vinegar and bicarbonate of soda solution to the drawer. Let it soak in then use a toothbrush and a microfibre cloth to give it a good scrub.
That’s all you need to know about cleaning your washing machine. Cleaning a washing machine is nice and simple and doesn’t require too much elbow grease at all. For more information about cleaning such as “what is domestic cleaning” and our cleaning services explore the Cleaning Express website further. For professional cleaning services, give Cleaning Express a call today or send us a message via website or Facebook.