I am a firm believer in looking after the things you already have and making sure that they last as long as possible and this week I have been dying some white bedding sheets pillar box red for Mini's bed and my washing machine needed a clean. I clean my machine one a month or once every other month depending on use. I have found that as I am washing more at 30 degrees, that I need to clean the gunk out of it more regularly. My current washer is 5 years old and my previous one lasted 11 years.
You can see the red stain on the rubber, which wouldn't rub off with a cloth.
Cloth or rag
- Add two cups of bleach to the powder drawer.
- Run the washer on a hot wash empty. As we often use liquid or powders in the machine and run it at 30 degrees there is often a build up of unused product in the machine. This will remove it and make sure that there is removed and that there is no build up of bacteria and help with stain removal.
- Add two cups of white vinegar to the powder drawer.
- Run the washer on a 40 degree wash. The vinegar will ensure that you have no odor issues
- Remove the powder drawer and soak for 20 minutes in the sink in hot water with one cup of bleach.
- Take a cloth and damp it using the water the powder dispenser is soaking in and run around the door seal, ensuring to pull it back to clean all areas.
- Take a clean damp cloth and wipe the door area and seal.
- Using the bleach solution cloth, wipe inside the machine where the powder dispenser does.
- You may need to use a tooth brush to clean the powder drawer.
- Once clean, take out and dry it and replace it in the machine.
Where my powder dispenser goes!
My powder dispenser once cleaned
In order to keep your machine smelling clean and fresh it is important to leave the door open in between washes.
My machine after it has been cleaned
We live in a soft water area, so do not have to worry about lime scale build up, but we lived in Berkshire, which has hard water for over ten years and have only ever had two washers since I got married 17 years ago. However, most detergents have something in them that means you do not have to concern yourself with limescale build up as long as you use the correct amount. I have never used a water softener in any washing machine I have had.