How to Clean Washing Machine Filters
It’s easy to forget to check the pockets of clothing before you put it into the wash. And where do those coins, toys, and hairpins end up? Blocking your filter!
To de-clog your washing machine:
- Consult the manufacturer’s manual before locating the filter – it’s usually on the front at the bottom of your machine and in most cases it is not removable.
- Put an old towel down on the floor in case any water leaks out while you’re cleaning the filter.
- Remove the filter cover and take out any debris you find inside the cavity.
- Replace the cap and prepare to clean the washing machine drum.
How to Clean Washing Machine Drums – Front Loading
If you don’t want a smelly washing machine, then you need to regularly clean the drum of your machine to prevent mould and mildew growth. Cleaning the drum is easy:
- Firstly, use a damp cloth and a spray like Jif Antibacterial to wipe down the inside of the door, around the rubber seals, and the inside of the drum.
- Then, run it empty on the hottest cycle available – this will flush out any dirt and debris left inside.
- If you want to be extra sure that the inside of your machine is nice and clean, add a couple of cups of white vinegar to your detergent tray before running an empty hot wash.
Complete the clean of your washing machine by using a damp cloth and Jif Antibacterial Spray to wipe down the front of your machine. To keep the insides of your machine nice and clean you should also:
- Use a good quality washing detergent like Omo Powder, according to the instructions on the label. Don’t be tempted to use too much detergent as this will have the opposite effect when it comes to cleaning your clothes, and will only serve to clog up your machine too.
- After each wash, leave the door of your washing machine open, so that the drum can dry. This will minimize the chance of mould and mildew growing inside.
How to Clean a Top Loading Washing Machine
To clean the detergent drawer of your top loading washing machine, follow the previous method described above. To clean the rest of your washer, do the following:
- Set the washer to the hottest cycle and the largest load cycle.
- Add 3 cups of white vinegar (or a lemon juice substitute) to the washer.
- Add 1 cup of baking soda, and allow the machine to run until it has mixed in with the vinegar and hot water. At this point, stop the machine and allow the mixture to sit for up to an hour.
- Restart the machine and allow the cycle to complete.
- Finally, use a microfiber cloth to wipe the washer and get rid of any residual grime.
Now your washing machine is sparkling clean, you can do your laundry as usual!