In order for the washing machine to work for a long time and the clothes look great after washing, you need to regularly, once every one or two months, carry out its preventive cleaning. Our tips site will tell you how to clean your washing machine yourself, quickly and efficiently. Let’s divide the process into stages.
All washing machines are prone to the following problems:
- Accumulation of dirt, sand, small objects and threads in the filter.
- The appearance of scale on heating elements due to hard water.
- Mold and mildew on the door sealing gum.
- Accumulation of powder residues and plaque in special containers, tray.
Preventive cleaning helps to cope with these problems, which can ultimately lead to a deterioration in the quality of washing and the operation of the device as a whole..
clogged filter, for example
By the way, the portal has already told you in detail how to descale the heating elements of a boiler, an electric water heating tank.
The first thing you should do when cleaning the washing machine is to turn it on without any items with a special detergent. Very popular folk remedies for cleaning:
- Lemon acid. 2 to 6 sachets, depending on the drum size.
- Vinegar, ordinary table 9%. It will take about two cups.
- Alcoholic white vinegar in the same amount.
Some homeowners use vinegar and baking soda at the same time. Moreover, the vinegar is poured directly into the drum, and the soda, about a quarter of a cup, into the powder tray. Citric acid does not mix with anything, but simply pours into the powder container. The machine turns on for the longest possible mode with a high temperature. Some models have a special cleaning mode. Read instructions!
You can, of course, use special chemicals for preventive cleaning of the machine from the inside. All manufacturers insist on this option, considering traditional methods to be harmful and ineffective.
Important! If you used vinegar to clean the machine and after the end of the wash cycle, its smell remains, just turn on the additional rinse mode.
When the machine has stopped, we disconnect it from the network and proceed to cleaning the most dirty parts. We first take out the tray for the powder and rinse aid, disassemble it, if possible, and soak it in a bowl with vinegar or detergent.
Now we start washing the sealing gum on the door. You can use all the same vinegar and soda, cleaning products, you need a hard sponge. We pull back the door cuff carefully so as not to deform it, wash it very carefully inside with a sponge.
Most of all, of course, there is dirt in the lower part of the sealing gum, but you still need to go over the entire perimeter with a sponge and detergent. Do not forget to rinse off all the cleaning products used for cleaning later with plain warm water..
We strongly recommend cleaning the pre-soaked powder tray with an old toothbrush! It often has a lot of protrusions, corners, where dirt accumulates. Do not forget to use the same toothbrush and detergent to go over the entire surface inside – in the place from where you got the tray. There are also a lot of hard-to-reach areas..
Advice!The powder tray is completely dishwasher safe. But first, you should still soak to get the best result..
Now let’s move on to the filter. Usually this part of the washing machine is located at the bottom. Take out the filter, remove whatever you find. Small coins and other debris often accumulate here. We rinse the filter with running water, if necessary, you can also soak and rub all its parts with a toothbrush.
Do not forget that the washing machine has another filter – on the inlet hose. It can get clogged too. Turn off the water supply, turn the machine, unscrew the hose nut, remove the small filter with a mesh with pliers, rinse it, wipe it with a toothbrush or sponge. Reinsert the filter and tighten the inlet hose nut tightly. All!
As you can see, it is not so difficult to cope with cleaning the washing machine. Most of the work – the internal cleaning – will be done by the technician itself, you just need to add or pour in the detergent and turn on the desired mode. Yes, then you will spend a couple of hours washing the tray, cuffs, filters, but this is justified by the normal operation of the washing machine and the absence of an unpleasant smell from it.
Important! After washing, always leave the powder drawer and the door of the washing machine slightly ajar to allow the inside of the machine to dry. And the pad, cuffs, wipe dry every time. This will be a good prevention of mold..