In what might be news to you, keeping your washing machine clean is important for ensuring the efficiency of your unit and keeping it bacteria-free.
You use it most days, so it’s definitely time to give your machine the attention it deserves.
Humidity combined with soap residue and dirty clothes remnants increases your laundry’s susceptibility to many germs and bacteria.
Why Do I Need to Clean My Washing Machine?
A hot water cycle will certainly clean out your machine’s pipes but you need to properly give it a clean about once a month.
Here are some reasons why your machine gets dirty.
The warm and humid conditions of your laundry make bacteria thrive.
Soap residue build-up clogs pipes and crevices of the washing machine.
Detergents leave behind a dirty film that bacteria can get trapped in.
When gunk from your dirty clothes doesn’t get flushed out, it can also cause bacteria.
The Steps for Cleaning A Washing Machine
You need to run an empty load using the hot water and large load settings.
Pour the vinegar in, press start and let it fill. Stop the machine once full, add baking soda and let it run for another few minutes before stopping again.
Let the vinegar, baking soda and water sit for around an hour. Take this time to clean the outside of your unit, using a scrubbing brush to get to hard-to-reach places.
After an hour, run the cycle through to the end.
We recommend running another hot water cycle to flush everything out. Wipe the inside of your machine with a microfibre cloth to make it shine.
Why Does It Work?
Vinegar gets rid of built up grime while sanitising your unit. The baking soda will neutralise stinky odours while cleaning as well.
As the mixture drains away, your pipes will get a good clean.
Complete the above method once a month for a super clean machine. Here are some other ways to keep your machine shiny and clean.
Be careful not to overload your machine; if your machine overworks, it may clog up the pipes.
A wet basin may encourage mould growth. Leave the lid or door open after a wash.
Make sure you’re taking the clothes out of the machine as soon as you hear that beep. Leaving clothes in the machine for too long can breed bacteria, particularly if it’s humid. Run the load again if it has been any longer than an hour.
Keep your laundry clean, cleaning up spilled detergent or powder.
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