How to Clean a Washing Machine

You might think cleaning a washing machine is a little counter-productive. After all, surely it gets washed each time you use it? Wrong! Your washing machine actually gets filled with dirty water at least once a week. Dirt and grime can build up quickly, reducing the performance power of your machine.

With that in mind, it makes sense to give your washing machine some TLC to keep it fresh and in tip-top condition, so that it, in turn can take proper care of your clothes.
So, follow these steps on how to clean a washing machine to get it germ free in a few simple steps.

The supplies you’ll need

  • Clean rags – we have rags for every task!
  • White vinegar
  • Old toothbrush

How to clean your washing machine

  • First and foremost, you’ll want to run your washing machine on empty. Select a hot water setting and add a good slug of white vinegar to the powder drawer.  The white vinegar is a good alternative to bleach for a chemical free clean.
  • Next, fill your sink with a mix of hot water and white vinegar. Remove the powder drawer and allow it to soak for at least twenty minutes. This will loosen up residual powder or detergent as well as the mountains of mould which have no doubt found their home here. Set to work and give it a good scrub with an old toothbrush.
  • Now, take a rag and dampen it using a hot water and bleach solution. Use this to fully clean the door seal, and be sure to pull it back to make sure you clean all areas.
  • Next, take a clean rag, and re-wipe the seal and all around the door.
  • Using the same bleach rag from step 3, clean inside the area of the washing machine where the powder drawer belongs to remove any traces of mould or mildew.
  • Lastly, insert the drawer back into place and then buff the exterior of your machine with a clean rag and a small amount of white vinegar.

Follow these tips and your washing machine will not only look and smell clean and fresh, but it will perform better too.

Handy tips to keep your washing machine healthy between cleans

  • Remove wet clothes from your washing machine as promptly as you can once the cycle has finished.
  • If possible, keep the door of your washing machine open for at least one hour after each cycle. This will allow for any residual water to evaporate and for your washing machine to dry naturally.
  • You should also consider leaving the detergent drawer open, or remove it completely from your machine to allow this to thoroughly dry, too.

All of these tips will reduce the possibility of mould and mildew growth in the moist conditions.
Take a look at the selection of rags we sell here at LMB Supplies – we have plenty of rags which are ideal for all manner of cleaning tasks.