Something we should all be doing once a month is cleaning out our washing machines. Just because it’s a cleaning appliance does not necessarily mean it’s a clean and sterile one.
With the ‘going green’ movement taking us away from bleach-based detergents and saving energy, microbiologists found it’s becoming more common to wash clothes at lower temperatures. This is aggravating an already widespread problem where machines are not sanitized.
Microbiologists have discovered an assortment of bacteria thriving inside washers that were not properly cleaned out. To avoid unnecessary details about underwear, just take it as a good tip to wash underwear separately. Bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella are easily transferred through clothing and the washing machine and they can survive at 50 -55° C.
If that’s convinced you to get scrubbing, then here’s how to clean your washing machine both inside and out.
How To Clean Your Washing Machine Inside
Sometimes soaps and softeners can form a coating inside the drum and drawer or stagnant water gets trapped, and your unclean machine becomes a welcoming home for mould, mildew, and bacteria. It’s also common to get a dank smell emanating from the washer, especially with front loaders where a lot of dirt and soap clogs up in the door.
If you’re ready to tackle the grime, consider the three main areas are cleaning out the detergent drawer, the pump filter, and the drum where the clothes are loaded into.
Drum: How To Kill Bacteria & Remove Bad Smells
Washing machines should be cleaned out at least every two months or every 30 washes (whichever comes first) to make sure your machine does the job properly.
So, if you’re looking for an effective cleaning agent, then try Dr. Beckmann Service-it Deep Clean Washing Machine Cleaner. You simply need to do a bi-monthly treatment, on an empty, high temperature cycle. (minimum 60 C degrees).
How Does It Work?
For a truly hygienic clean, Dr. Beckmann’s cleaner sterilizes the drum by killing off 99% of bacteria and micro-organisms, leaving a clean, fresh smell. It removes deposits that linger inside the filter, machine, and drawer that promote mould and nasty smells.
When a machine is not cleaned frequently, the growth of residue and mildew affects how cleanly your clothes are washed. Are your clothes smelling a bit off? Are you noticing soapy remains on the garments or new dirty marks after a wash load? It’s the remaining dirt deposits that keep building up over time that start to affix to your washing.
Dr. Beckmann has a specially formulated deep cleaner that removes contaminants unseen by the naked eye. It’s a very easy process! Simply pour the Deep Cleaner directly into the empty drum and wash a fully cycle at a minimum of 60° C. Ensure there is no pre-wash cycle programmed.
Pro Tip: Add Service-It To Avoid Malfunctions & Breakdowns
Dr. Beckmann offers another exceptional product that can be used with the Deep Cleaner. The Service-it Washing Machine Cleaner (Liquid) is an additional ingredient you can throw into the maintenance wash, which helps maintain against breakdowns.
Dr. Beckmann Service-it Washing Machine Cleaner cleans, deodorises, and preserves washing machines to maintain optimal function. Looking after your appliance properly will give it a longer and more productive lifespan thereby prevent maintenance costs of faults and repairs.
It eradicates residues forming inside the drum, seals, and pipes and works on removing and preventing limescale from settling on the machine’s element.
How To Clean Your Detergent Drawer
The detergent drawer is where all the clothes liquids or powders are inserted and over time, filth accumulates in and around the drawer. Every time you put in new soap, it mixes up with that filth and washes more contaminants into the drum.
Fit on gloves and remove the drawer. It will need a good scrub down with a new sponge scour and washing liquid. If you’re into home remedies, you can try using a cup of diluted vinegar instead of soap but honestly do you really want vinegar anywhere near your clothes?
Before putting the drawer back, wash out the housing compartment. You will be horrified at the dirt that collects behind the drawer. Make sure all the residue is removed from inside and all the parts, clips, and corners are cleaned thoroughly.
Using an old toothbrush will come in handy for this task.
Place the drawer back securely and head onto the next mission: the pump filter.
Best Way To Clean Your Washing Machine Pump Filter
The filter catches fibres, lint, and any loose items to prevent the washing machine pump from getting blocked. Water can also get trapped in the filter section so it should be cleaned out whenever you do your maintenance wash.
- First locate the filter. In most washer, it is usually a discreet panel placed on the bottom right. Some top loaders will have the filter positioned inside a vertical tube inside the middle of the drum.
- Place a towel down before removing the filter as water may gush out.
- Use a flat screwdriver to lift the panel and then turn the filter anticlockwise and pull it out.
- Allow the water to expel and use that same old toothbrush to clean out the filter.
- Put the pump filter back by turning it clockwise to lock into position.
How To Clean a Washer On The Outside
The last step in your maintenance wash, is to clean up the outside of the washing machine. If it’s under a counter, pull it out and be surprised at what’s lying on the surface. Don’t go into a cleaning frenzy armed with steel wool to demolish all dirt in sight. You want to avoid scratching or damaging the machine on the outside, so the right tools are needed to finish the job.
First, you will need the Cif Professional Original Cream Cleaner. With its unique cream formula, this Professional Cleaner removes muck and stains, and tough grease and watermarks. It’s guaranteed to penetrate and lift any dirt to bring back the clean shine.
Although you’ll need to apply more pressure using circular motions on tough stains, don’t be tempted to use abrasive cloths that will scratch the surface.
To give an effective but gentle clean, use this non-abrasive Microfibre Cleaning Cloth.
The microfibres may look like an ordinary towel but they work in a totally different way. Technology has made our lives really easy by coming up with microfibre cleaning cloths.
They are more hygienic and clean better. A normal cleaning cloth has cotton or synthetic fibres which are larger than microfibres. Because microfibres attach to microscopic particles, creating an adhesive force to lift the dirt up. Compared with the traditional kitchen cloth that requires more wiping to clean, these Microfibre Cleaning Cloths require less effort.
Approximately 24cm x 30cm in size, the ultra-fine Microfibre Technology collects every tiny particle from any surface. It’s lint free so prevents scratching and no chemicals required to clean properly. The cloths are machine washable and the good quality microfibres are preserved, if not improved with more washes.
You don’t need to decant a litre of bleach and breathe in toxin fumes every time you want to clean up. In fact, studies are showing the adverse effects direct contact and airborne contact is having on our long-term health. This and other skin allergies are more reasons to use harmful detergents sparingly.
And, that’s what makes the Microfibre Cleaning Cloth so popular! You can clean without an arsenal of chemical disinfectants.