Washing machines are so very useful – without them we’d have to hand-wash every item of clothing. And since we all seem to be leading increasingly busy lives, who has the time for that? But if you don’t look after your washing machine, you might end up having to plunge your hands into soapy water on a regular basis. Did you know it’s just as important to clean a washing machine, as it is to clean your dishwasher or descale your kettle? So, ‘how do I clean my washing machine’ I hear you ask. Well, it really is quite simple – just follow the instructions below.
First thing’s first – unplug the washing machine! Then before you get started, make sure you protect your skin and clothing, and read the safety instructions on the labels of the cleaning products you’re about to use.
How to Clean a Washing Machine Drawer
The detergent drawer is one of the areas of the washing machine that’s the most likely to get clogged up with detergent residue. If it isn’t kept clean, fresh water won’t be able to flow through and you may end up with water cascading down the front of your machine. The results of your wash will be pretty unsatisfactory in this case, too. To stop dirt and mould building up in your detergent drawer, simply:
- Remove the drawer from the machine.
- Soak it in a bowl of warm soapy water and then use a toothbrush to clean all the nooks and crannies.
- Rinse it clean with clean cold water.
- If the drawer is dishwasher safe (check your machine’s instruction manual), you can sanitise the detergent drawer by placing it in the top rack of your dishwasher and running a hot wash.
- Furthermore, wipe away any escaping detergent, or remove built-up dirt on the outside of the machine with a multipurpose product like Jif Antibacterial spray.
- Replace the drawer in the machine once you’ve completed this process.