2) How to Clean the Washing Machine Drawer
What is it? It’s the drawer in the front of your washing machine for detergent and fabric softener.
Why clean it? The detergent drawer sees all sorts of cleaning solutions and softeners poured into it – deposits of old detergents mixing together and clinging to the drawer can give you some pretty unreliable laundry results, as well as potentially blocking your machine entirely. So it’s as important to know how to clean out washing machine products as it is to know how to clean the washing machine itself.
How to do it: Sometimes the simplest tools are the most effective and in this case, an old toothbrush can be incredibly useful. Remove the whole drawer and give it a good scrub with washing up liquid and hot water. If you have a dishwasher, placing the detergent drawer inside and running a hot wash is another easy way to give the drawer a good clean inside and out. If there’s mould growing, use a specific mould and mildew product first, which can be applied to the problem area and wiped off easily. Repeat regularly and wave goodbye to any mould, soap scum, limescale, or nasty germs.
How to Clean Out a Washing Machine Drum
What is it? The main compartment you place your laundry in to wash.
Why clean it? Smell something funny? It’s important that you understand how to clean the washing machine drum as its warmth and humidity can often encourage the development of limescale, and it can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria.
How to do it: By running an empty wash every couple of months you can easily remove odours and kill germs. Simply set the empty cycle on the hottest setting and press ‘Start’. To shift limescale and soap scum, pour 500ml of white vinegar into the empty drum and run a second wash at high heat.
Voila! You should now have a sparkling washing machine, which (if cleaned regularly) will keep you and your family in fresh clothes for years to come.
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