How to clean a washing machine

Washing machine lost its sparkle? Reach for the white vinegar and toothbrush with our guide to cleaning your washing machine.

12 Jul 2017

The average family does about 10 laundry loads per week, and often more. That’s a lot to put your washing machine through.

No wonder they can soon become a bit grubby and (dare we say) smelly. So, if you’ve got a smelly washing machine, or it’s just looking a bit grimy, read on to find out how to clean it.

Before you start

Before you restore your machine to its former glory, it’s important to read the instruction booklet, because:

  • Some machines have a dedicated drum-cleaning programme
  • Your manufacturer may recommend a specific cycle to clean their machines
  • Cleaning or de-scaling products are advised against by some manufacturers

Once you’ve checked the advice for your machine, you’re ready to follow our handy step-by-step cleaning guide.

Troubleshooting tips

Here’s how to keep your newly clean machine tip-top between deep cleans…  

  • Leave the door open between washes to keep it smelling fresh
  • Run the empty hot wash once a month
  • Reduce limescale build-up with the right detergent
  • Clean the door seals regularly – mould left to fester sinks into the rubber

Cleaning only goes so far

How old is your washing machine? If you bought it as long as 5 years ago, it’ll have long been left behind by the latest machines – no matter how clean you’ve made it. If you're looking for a new machine thats kind to both your clothes and the environment, check out the Samsung WW80 EcoBubble.

Samsung ecoBubble WW80

Air, water and detergent are mixed into a fast-acting froth that washes at cooler temperatures. Clothes are laundered softly and left unsnagged with the Diamond Drum – and there’s a 5 year parts and labour warranty.

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