Did you know cleaning the washer is as important as giving your fridge or oven a regular scrub? In fact, if you want your laundry to continue to come out of the machine looking clean and smelling fresh you actually need to know how to clean your washer too! Dirt, germs and limescale can build up on the inside of your washing machine over time, reducing its effectiveness at cleaning and potentially shortening the lifespan of your machine. Give your washing machine a monthly boost by cleaning it inside and out – just remove the plug from the electrical socket (for safety reasons) and follow the easy instructions below.
How to Clean Your Washer Filter
Most washing machines, be they top or front loaders, have a filter designed to catch all the debris (coins, hairclips etc.) that enter the machine and could potentially clog up pipes and working parts. Consult your washing machine’s instruction manual to discover advice specific about your machine. Be sure to have an old towel to hand in case excess water seeps out of the machine in the process; remove the debris; and replace all parts as you found them previously.
How to Clean a Laundry Machine Detergent Drawer
Detergent drawers – whether they are a fixed part of your machine, or removable – should be kept clean, as a build up of detergent or fabric conditioner can render your machine less effective and harbour mould.
- If you can, remove the drawer.
- Soak the drawer in hot soapy water (if fixed, use a sponge to apply hot soapy water to the tray).
- Use an old toothbrush to get in to corners and remove built-up detergent or dirt.
- Rinse with clean hot water and replace in the machine.