How to clean a washing machine

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The washing machine is one of those devices we do not think about very often, and even less often included in the list of cleaning items at home. And how else do we put the dirty clothes and detergents inside and in an hour or two we take the laundry clean and fragrant to freshness.

We think we should pay special attention to this device when there is a technical problem or an unpleasant odor from the drum. However, if we often spend a little time cleaning the washing machine, we can prevent the appearance of mold and unpleasant smell and keep the machine longer.

Cleaning the washing machine inside with vinegar and soda

This method of cleaning a washing machine inside is very easy and requires almost no effort on your part. You willImage of washing machine with soda need:

  • 2 teaspoons of vinegar
  • ¼ cup of soda
  • ¼ cup of water
  • cleaning sponge
  • a small clean bowl


Put the soda in the bowl and add the water. Stir until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. Pour the lemon slurry into the detergent dispenser compartment of the washing machine. Take the vinegar and pour it into the drum of the machine. Choose a long wash cycle and the highest possible temperature. Close the door and run the washing machine. When cleaning the washing machine, soda and vinegar are doing miracles – they remove limestone deposits and molds.

Cleaning mold and removing unpleasant odors

If you missed the moment and there is mold or bad smell you can clean the washing machine in the following ways: Click To Tweet
  • Washing the rubber seal: Most often the cause of the unpleasant odor in the washing machine is due to residual stubborn water in the door seal. Sometimes even molds are molded in the tire. Add a little dishwashing detergent to a hot water bowl. Using a sponge, clean the rubber sealing of the washing machine. Rinse with a solution of water and vinegar in a 1: 1 ratio.
  • Removing odors with baking soda: Sometimes, even after washing, there is a residual unpleasant odor in the washing machine seal. Make a thick paste of bread and water soda and smear the tire. Allow the mixture to stand for several hours and clean with a damp sponge.
  • Adding vinegar to the laundry: If the smell is weak, add a coffee cup of white distilled vinegar to your clothes. Vinegar will remove odor from both the laundry and the washing machine.

How to prevent mold and bad smell

Image of open washing machineTo keep the washing machine clean for a longer time, you can do the following:

Drying the seal: after each wash, dry the tire with a dry, clean cloth to avoid molding.

Leave the washing machine open: After each wash, leave the machine door open for half an hour. The last remaining water will evaporate and there will be no unpleasant smell.

Take out the laundry immediately: Do not leave wet clothes staying too long in the drum – any kind of moisture favors mold and bad smells. If you prefer to use night-time laundry, try to stretch your clothes as soon as you get in the morning. The other option is if the machine allows you to set it to turn on in the last hours of the night mode. So, the clothes will stay in less time.

We take this easy and nice tips from our friends from SYK End of tenancy cleaning. Check them out.

If you want to see washing machine buying guide watch this video



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