Spring Cleaning Your Washing Machine
At this time of year, we all like a good spring clean in and around our house, but the one thing some people forget is to clean their washing machine! Sometimes you get that slight whiff of a musty smell on your clothes or from the washing machine drum itself!
The main culprits for this smell are leftover laundry detergent and fabric softener, and even mold and mildew can form in the rubber seal on the door.
We rely on and use our washing machines so often, we expect them to keep our clothes clean and fresh, but we must remember to thoroughly clean the machine itself so it can keep on doing the job well!
We recommend cleaning your washing machine regularly to keep odours and dirt at bay. Here are our top tips for a clean, fresh washing machine:
Run an empty cycle, you can buy special washing machine cleaners to do this job, they should kill bacteria and mold and dissolve any other residues that may be lingering around. If you do not have a special cleaner, bleach will work just as well.
Remove and clean the dispenser drawer, it is surprising how much gunk can be left from detergents and softeners. Run it under hot water and if there are stubborn bits use an old toothbrush to dislodge. Leave it to air dry before replacing it back in the machine.
Wipe all around the rubber seal with bleach or cleaner, keeping it clean will help to prevent mold, wipe dry with a kitchen towel and leave open to air dry further.
Never leave wet washing in the drum, as soon as the cycle finishes remove the wet washing as this is the main cause of musty-smelling laundry.
Make sure there are no rogue socks, or anything stuck in the side of the drum, if something is left this again will contribute to a musty odour.
Wipe over the front of the machine and its controls with a clean damp cloth, this will keep the machine looking its best.