How to Clean & Descale your Washing Machine

How do I clean my washing machine?

All you need to know about cleaning your washing machine in a simple, 5-step guide.

  1. Using a soft, damp cloth, wipe around the glass and rubber seals on the inside of the machine. Carefully lift the seals away from the metal to make sure you reach any soapy residue.
  2. Remove the detergent drawer, soak it in hot water, then use a clean toothbrush to scrub away residue and any mould. Dry thoroughly before replacing in the washing machine.
  3. Lower-temperature washes mean some detergent may stay in the drum. The best way to get rid of this is to run machine empty on the hottest cotton cycle.
  4. Once the cycle is complete, open the door of the washing machine so the interior air-dries. If there’s still residue or a bad smell, repeat the process.
  5. To finish off, give the rubber seals a final wipe to remove any remaining residue.

How should I descale my washing machine?

If you have a build-up of limescale, use a product specifically for washing machines and carefully follow the packet instructions.

Tips for cleaning a front-loading washing machine

How should I clean my washing-machine pump filter?

Most modern washing machines have a filter to protect the pump from obstructions.


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