How To Clean A Washing Machine

  • July 25th, 2016
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Clean washing machine drum

Cleaning a washing machine is something we should all be doing regularly not just to reduce bacteria but also prevent our beloved machines from breaking down, but not many people know how to go about doing it.

We have found a lot of our customers ask us “how do you clean a washing machine?” so as a leading domestic appliance repair company in the UK, we thought we’d put a very simple and handy guide together!

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda into the dispenser drawer (there are a lot of products that claim to be the best washing machine cleaner but this simple product works great)
  2. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the drum
  3. Set your machine on the hottest wash and let it fully run

Note; Keep an eye on your washing machine whilst it is running. You may find that it suds up a fair bit inside from the build-up of the soap residue. As you get into the habit of doing this more regularly, you should see this reduce over time.

If you have a top loading washing machine then just put both the bicarbonate of soda and the 1/2 cup of white vinegar straight into the drum.

Other Washing Machine Cleaning Tips

  1. Clean the filters- clogged filters is one of the leading problems which cause a machine to break down (check your manufacturer’s manual if you’re not sure where it’s located)
  2. Clean the door seal (the rubber bit between the door and the drum) with half measures of water and vinegar (if mould is present)
  3. Between washes, leave the door slightly ajar. This will help prevent any mould build up on the washing machine door seal
  4. Clean the dispenser drawer- most models allow you to simply pull this out and give it a good wash under the sink tap or in the dishwasher (be careful not to force it!)

How Often Should I Clean My Washing Machine?

You should do this as often as possible, around once a month. If you wash a lot of greasy or heavily soiled clothes then try and do this more often.

Why Does My Washing Machine Smell?

If you’ve tried the steps above and your machine is still emitting a smell, then you could have mould lurking around inside your machine. There are two ways to tackle this:

  1. Place approximately 10 drops of clove oil into the drum and run it on the hottest setting. Make sure to open your doors and windows as clove oil is extremely pungent!
  2. Cleaning washing machine with bleach? Yes absolutely! Add two tablespoons of bleach to the dispenser drawer and run on the hottest setting. Please don’t add any more than this as it could cause an over build-up of sud which could lead to damaging the electrics inside your washing machine. Instead, repeat this a few times if the smell is particularly bad.

We hope you find this guide helpful. You might also want to read about how a washing machine works.


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