Your laundry is only as clean as your washing machine, so proper washing machine maintenance is important. Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to clean your washing machine, it’s easy to get to grips with if you follow a few basic steps. With your washing machine clean and happy, your laundry results will be outstanding every time!
How to clean your washing machine
If you’re asking yourself, ‘why does my washing machine smell?’ there’s a high chance it needs a good clean! There are three key parts of the washing machine that need cleaning: the filter, the detergent drawer and the drum. Give the detergent drawer a thorough wipe, and remove, empty and soak the filter, before replacing it. Perform a washing machine maintenance wash every couple of months to clear the drum and the pipes of dirt and grease. Simply run an empty wash on a warm temperature, with a normal dosage of detergent.
High-efficiency washing machine maintenance
Your high-efficiency washing machine is great for saving water and for reducing the drying time of your laundry, but it still needs the same amount of detergent. This is because the level of soiling and the volume of clothes remains the same as usual. Working out the right dosage for your wash is easy – simply follow the dosage instructions on the back of the packet.
How to load your washing machine
Making sure the washing machine is loaded correctly will help you to keep both your machine and your clothes in great condition. The washing machine should be loosely filled to allow the water and the detergent to circulate properly. The size of the load should be reduced for quick washes or economy wash cycles.
How to use detergent and fabric conditioner
If you find that your washing machine is not draining properly, first clean your washing machine, as detailed above, and then make sure that you are using detergent and fabric conditioner correctly. A build-up of soap scum can be the reason for a machine that is having trouble draining properly.
Only add fabric conditioner to the final rinse, either by hand or using the machine’s dispenser. If fabric conditioner and detergents mix, they form a residue which will not dissolve and can build up as white or grey deposits in the machine, particularly inside the agitator of top loaders. Performing regular maintenance washes can help remove residues caused by this while the careful addition of fabric conditioners will help prevent it occurring again in the future.
If you are unsure about any aspect of your washing machine maintenance, have a look at the manufacturer’s manual for specific instructions and advice.