How to deep clean your washing machine

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to deep clean your washing machine and keep it running smoothly.

Your washing machine is a workhorse, tirelessly cleaning our clothes day in and day out. However, just like any other appliance, it requires regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure it functions efficiently and keeps our clothes smelling fresh. Regularly clean the appliances that clean for you!

Deep cleaning your washing machine might not be a task you think of often, but it's a crucial step to maintain its longevity and hygiene. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to deep clean your washing machine and keep it running smoothly.

Why deep cleaning your washing machine is necessary?

Over time, dirt, detergent residues, and fluff can build up inside your washing machine. These deposits can create an ideal environment for mold and bacteria to thrive, leading to unpleasant odors and potentially impacting the cleanliness of your clothes. A deep clean helps remove this, ensuring that your washing machine operates effectively and your clothes come out smelling clean.

Regular maintenance

To prevent future build-up, make it a habit to leave the door open after each use to allow the interior to dry. Additionally, use the appropriate amount of detergent to avoid excessive residues, or use a splash of vinegar instead.

What you need to deep clean your washing machine

  • Two dishwasher tablets.
  • Microfiber cloth or a sponge: To wipe down surfaces.
  • Toothbrush: For cleaning hard-to-reach areas.
  • Bucket or tray: To catch any excess water.
  • All-purpose cleaner: For cleaning external surfaces.

Step-by-step guide

  • Empty your washing machine
    Start by removing any clothes and items from the washing machine.

  • Remove and clean the machine’s filter
    If your machine has a filter, clean it. Most washing machines have a filter on the right bottom of the machine, behind a round lid. Before you check the filter, put a bucket or tray underneath to catch any excess water. To be sure, grab a towel and put it underneath. Turn the filter counterclockwise slowly. Drain the tube and clean the inside and the filter. Ready? Put it all back in place.

  • Clean the detergent dispenser
    Remove the detergent dispenser tray and soak it in warm soapy water. Use a toothbrush to scrub away any residue or build-up. Rinse and dry thoroughly before reinserting it into the machine.

  • Clean the rubbers on the inside
    Get a microfiber cloth or sponge and clean the inside rubbers. Wipe down the inside of the drum and the door seal thoroughly to remove any remaining grime or mold.

  • Run a hot water cycle
    Set your washing machine to its hottest water setting and run a cycle with two dishwasher tablets. This will help loosen and dissolve any built-up detergent residues.

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