Get Your Washing Machine Back To Its Sparkling Best
A washing machine has one task: to clean our clothes. But what do you do when the handy household helper gets dirty? Here are some useful tips on how to get it back to its sparkling best...
1. Rinse The Tumbler
Even if the tumbler looks clean, the reality is probably different. Germs and bacteria can accumulate in every nook and cranny. The best remedy is to run an empty washing machine every few months. It's best to throw in 2 dishwasher tabs, and start a cycle at 140°F. Stubborn germs and limescale stand no chance!
2. Avoid Odors
Have you ever opened your washing machine only to be greeted with a horrible smell? This can happen when the machine has accumulated mildew, which can form in the seal as well as in the more hidden areas. Luckily, it helps to leave the door open after the wash cycle, so that the air can circulate. This will help to prevent that musty smell.
3. Clean The Filter
The dirt filter is actually meant to protect the pump in the washing machine. Things like tissues, coins, and pieces of fabric could potentially clog the pump, so the filter ensures a smooth operation. However, germs and mildew can also gather in the filter, settling into your laundry. For this reason, it is important to clean the filter regularly. Usually you can find the filter at the bottom of the washing machine, behind a protective flap. Put down a towel to avoid a huge mess. If you cannot locate the filter of your machine, check the instruction manual.
When you locate the filter, gently unscrew the cap. It's completely normal to see a bit of water flow. Pieces of dirt and other contamination will also flush out.
Check with your hands to make sure everything is out, and rub the filter and the hose clean. Make sure you've reassembled everything properly before using the washing machine again.
4. Clean The Door Seal
Whether you're putting dirty clothes in or taking wet clothes out, your laundry always comes into contact with the door seal. The seal is there to ensure that no water drips from the door, but at the same time it is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Standing water can also easily lead to mildew. Far too many people don't think about this, leaving dirt and grime to pile up. The longer one waits, the more difficult the job will be. So take half a minute before and after every wash to thoroughly wipe the door seal. A positive side effect: Your laundry doesn't come into contact with dirt when you take it out of the machine.
5. Clean The Detergent Compartment
Quite often, not all of the detergent is used. This can mean that it sits damp in the machine, producing mildew more quickly than you think. It's best to take out the entire compartment and scrub it thoroughly with an old toothbrush and some household cleaner. Check the instruction manual if you're not certain how to remove the compartment. It only takes a few minutes of cleaning to ensure that your laundry stays nice and fresh!
6. Use The Right Detergent
It's easy to be overwhelmed by the huge variety of detergents in the supermarket. How do you know which one really works and most importantly, which one is best for you? Interestingly enough, a connection was discovered between liquid detergents und mold growth. In the future, reach for a powder detergent. Your laundry will thank you.
If you follow these tips, not only will your washing machine be thankful, but your laundry as well! A little bit of maintenance can prevent a whole lot of grief.