Cleaning the Washing Machine Inside and Out

Ever since I got a washing machine of my own, I’ve never regretted purchasing it. But over time, I began to notice an unpleasant smell in the drum. It also began to heat water much worse. These problems, of course, upset me, but after studying the problem, I realized that it was time for cleaning the washing machine!

I’ve read the instruction manual and studied many sources on the Internet. Now I knew that almost every part of the machine needs to be cleaned. In this article, you’re going to find 5 useful tricks that will help you make your washing machine look like new.

Cleaning the Washing Machine

The Door

After each wash, not only the laundry remains wet, but also the door of the machine. Try to keep the washing machine open at all times to prevent mold growth.

The Gasket

The gasket can accumulate dirt and mold, so be sure to clean it especially thoroughly. You can do this with any detergent or baking soda. If your machine has too much mold and odor, you need to use a strong detergent. However, please note that using chlorine-containing products too often is undesirable, this can lead to the deformation of rubber.

Put a little of your chosen detergent on a sponge. Gently pull the gasket towards you and clean the metal part. Clean the gasket in the same way. Be careful not to pull the rubber too much or you will damage it!

Descaling the Drum

It is possible to remove limescale using a budget-friendly method. Limescale consists of calcium (and often magnesium) bicarbonate, which means that you need to use organic or mineral acids. Luckily, there are such acids in every home. Citric acid or vinegar will solve the problem.

The easiest way is using citric acid. You will need several ounces of the product. The amount of citric acid depends on the volume of the washing machine and how dirty it is.

Add the product to the detergent drawer and run the machine on the highest temperature and longest cycle.

Cleaning the Detergent Drawer

Remove the detergent drawer. Get rid of soap deposits with any detergent, then wipe the drawer clean.

Use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to remove rust. Pour the solution into the drawer and leave it for 30 minutes, or better for a couple of hours.

Cleaning the Drain Pump

If you don’t clean the debris filter, the machine will sooner or later stop draining the water. Fortunately, cleaning the filter is very easy.

To do this, open the filter cover. Before that put a towel on the floor and place a container under the drain to collect water. Unscrew the lid counterclockwise and remove all accumulated debris and dirt. Wipe everything clean, screw the lid and close the filter cover.

Follow these simple guidelines and your washing machine will not only look like new, but it will also wash your clothes better, and the laundry will be clean, fresh, and fragrant every time. We hope these tips were helpful.


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