6 tips for a complete cleaning of the washing machine

BySigismondo Eisenhower 2019-06-20 810

Is your washing machine starting to show some mould? Does she not smell very good anymore? It is then time to do a complete cleaning. There are 6 tips to follow to ensure a thorough and efficient cleaning of your washing machine. Don't worry, it's very simple.

1.White vinegar

Twice a year, maintain your washing machine with white vinegar: Pour 1 litre of white vinegar into the drum and make a short program at 30°C. No need to start the spin cycle. This action allows all machine parts to be thoroughly descaled and any bacteria to be removed.

2. Cleaning laundry tubs

Cleaning laundry tubs

They are generally easy to remove from the machine. Rinse them with warm water, rub if necessary with a small object such as a used toothbrush, wipe with a clean cloth to remove any moisture that would immediately restore moisture.

3. Clean the seals

Clean the seals

After removing any dirt trapped by the seal, gently remove it from the machine. Here too, the toothbrush can be useful. Wipe it with a dry cloth to remove as much moisture as possible. If it is really dirty, you can rub it with a liquid soap. But rinse it well and dry it before putting it back on.

4.Maintain the drum

Maintain the drum

Once a month, make a "vacuum" machine without detergent, at 90°. This action maintains the rubber bellows of the drum. When you have used your machine, leave it open until it is dry. This prevents moisture from accumulating because it generates mould and bad odours. In addition, it prematurely destroys your seal and drum.

5. Clean the exhaust pipe

Clean the exhaust pipe

Once or twice a year, also clean the exhaust pipe. There are also deposits that can give the machine and laundry a bad smell. Take this opportunity to check that they are in good condition and that they are tightened properly. Also check if the end seals are not to be changed. If your water supply contains a limescale filter, check it and clean it as indicated in your machine's operating instructions. In principle, you can rinse it, then wipe it with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar and dry it with a dry, clean cloth. A small blow dryer to dry it well can also be useful.

6. Clean the filter

Clean the filter

The last thing to do to maintain your machine is to clean the filter. Small objects and dirt may remain. When you have taken it out and removed the small things it contained, clean it with warm water and dry it before gently replacing it. Be careful to put it back on, at the risk of causing leaks!

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