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How to clean your washing machine

How to clean your washing machine

If your washing machine is smelling worse than your sweaty workout shirt, it’s time to give it a good cleaning. Yes, even washing machines get dirty.

Laundry soils, detergent and hard-water minerals build up in areas you can’t see and mold and mildew can thrive in the washer lid and the door, according to green-cleaning coach Leslie Reichert.

When your appliance is dirty, washing your laundry can end up doing more harm than good. Dirt, detergent, mould, and hard-water deposits build up inside your machine, and over time these can develop a musty odour, giving your clothes that damp, mouldy smell. If left untreated for a long time, they can even affect the efficiency of your machine. So, it’s essential to keep dirt and muck in check by giving your washing machine a little TLC from time to time.

As well as giving better results on your laundry, cleaning your washing machine regularly could help to extend the lifespan of your appliance, so it’s well worth the elbow grease. To help you keep your washing machine (and your laundry) looking great and smelling fresh, we’ve put together this guide that covers:

How to clean a front-loading washing machine:
What you’ll need:

  1. White cleaning vinegar
  2. Spray bottle
  3. Microfiber cloth
  4. Baking soda

Cleaning a washing machine with vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar and baking soda offer one of the most effective ways to clean your washing machine. Simply add 1–2 teaspoons of water to 3 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda to form a thick paste, and add this to the detergent drawer. Next, tip 250ml of white vinegar into the drum, then run your washing machine on a 60°C cycle. The two ingredients will work together to break down any grime and residue, as well as neutralising any musty odours in your machine.

White vinegar may be an amazingly versatile cleaning product, but it does have a sharp, distinctive scent. So, unless you want your laundry to smell like a chip shop, you’ll need to run another long, hot cycle to completely get rid of any remaining vinegar before you put any laundry into your machine.

Cleaning a washing machine with soda crystals

Soda crystals have long been a favourite cleaning additive for their ability to dissolve grease, shift stains, and wash away unpleasant smells. To use soda crystals to clean your washing machine, simply add 500g of pure soda crystals to the drum, and then run your machine on the longest, hottest cycle. This will rinse away any stains and smells, leaving you with a clean, fresh machine.

If you live in an area with very hard water, then it may help to add 250ml of white vinegar to the drum before washing, as the two ingredients will work together to break down any limescale build-up.

Cleaning a washing machine with bleach

If you think your machine needs a deep, intensive clean, then bleach could be the solution for you. Bleach will kill off any lingering bacteria, so it’s great if you want to ensure that your washing machine is completely sanitised and free of any harmful germs.

To clean your washing machine with bleach, simply add 60ml of neat bleach to your detergent drawer then run your machine on a hot cycle, with an extra rinse cycle to make sure all the bleach is flushed out. If you can smell any trace of the bleach afterwards, run another empty cycle to be on the safe side.

Remember, bleach is highly reactive, so you should never use it with any other cleaning products, as it could cause an adverse reaction that could damage your machine. Bleach and hot water can also produce a lot of foam, so don’t use more than the dose we’ve recommended.

How to clean the different parts of a washing machine

While the methods we’ve listed above will clean your washing machine’s internal workings and neutralise any nasty odours, you’ll need to pay special attention to the detergent drawer, filter, drum, and seal. All of these can be particularly susceptible to grime, soap scum, and mould, so they will all need a bit of extra TLC to get them sparkling clean. In this section, we’ll cover how you can clean each part of your washing machine.

Cleaning the drawer

Laundry powders, fabric softeners, and specialist detergents can leave a crusty residue inside the detergent drawer, and all of those little nooks and crannies can be vulnerable to black mould, too. The simplest and most effective way to clean it is to remove the entire drawer (check the manufacturer’s instructions if you’re not sure how to do this) and wash it by hand.

Soak the drawer in a bowl of hop soapy water, and then wipe it clean with a damp cloth. If any dried-on detergent residue or mould is tricky to remove, then spray on some multipurpose household cleaner and give it a scrub with an old toothbrush. Then, give your drawer a final rinse, dry it off, and place it back into the machine.

Cleaning the filter

Most washing machines will have a filter, usually hidden behind a panel on the front of the appliance. The filter is designed to catch lint, hair, and even small items that might have made it into the wash by accident, like loose change or hairpins. If the filter becomes clogged up, it can stop the machine from cleaning effectively, so you should check and empty the filter at least once every three months.

Exactly how you should access and remove the filter will very between different manufacturers, so check the care and maintenance guide carefully before you do this. Once you have removed the filter, empty any lint or other small items and give the whole thing a wipe down with a damp cloth before putting it back into place.

Cleaning the drum

Cleaning the drum is fairly straightforward: simply wipe away any visible marks with a cloth. If there’s an unpleasant aroma inside the drum but you can’t see any mould or dirt, then this is likely caused by nasty bacterial growths that are invisible to the naked eye. You certainly don’t want this to transfer onto your clothes, so it’s important to sanitise the drum at least once a month: use one of our suggested cleaning methods to remove any blockages, and then run your machine on the hottest cycle (preferably 90°C) to kill off any germs.

Cleaning the seal

The rubber seal between the drum and the door — sometimes called the ‘gasket’ — can be one of the trickiest parts of the machine to clean. This area can be especially vulnerable to build-ups of lint and soap scum, but by far the biggest problem tends to be black mould. These seals are usually deeply ridged, with lots of moisture-trapping nooks and crannies, providing the perfect breeding ground for mildew and mould.

To clean the seal, take a damp cloth or sponge and some household cleaning spray, and use them to wipe all around the rim, being careful to get inside any grooves or folds. If your seal is really mouldy, then spritz on some specialist mildew spray and leave it to work for five minutes before wiping away with a clean damp cloth. After cleaning, you’ll need to run a short cycle to make sure all of the cleaning fluid is completely removed, as many cleansers contain bleaching agents which could stain your laundry if left in the drum.

Keeping your washing machine clean

Once you’ve cleaned your washing machine, there are a few simple things you can do to stop it from getting grimy again, and keep it working as efficiently as possible.

  • Don’t use too many products

While all of those specialist detergents and fabric softeners might be great for your clothes, it’s thought that these extra products can contribute to build-up inside your machine. So, try to use specialist products only when you really need some extra cleaning power to deal with tough stains or heavy soiling.

  • Run a hot cycle once a week

Most of our laundry, including everything from our clothing to our bedsheets, is washed at 30–40°C. But, while washing at 30°C might be better for the environment, it won’t get rid of any nasty bacteria that could be lurking inside your machine. A long hot cycle once a week — at least ‎60°C, and preferably 90°C — should kill off any bacteria and sanitise your machine.

  • Dry and air your machine between washes

In between washes, you should leave the door of your machine open slightly to allow moisture to escape. This will help to air the drum out, and prevent mould from forming inside the appliance and on the seal. It will also help to wipe the seal dry after washing, as this will stop mould from forming in the folds of the rim.

  • De-scale your machine regularly

Our water supply contains small amounts of calcium and magnesium, and these minerals combine to form limescale. Large build-ups of limescale inside your washing machine can make your appliance less effective, and can even make your machine less energy-efficient and more expensive to run. Left untreated, they could even cause your machine to break down. That’s why it’s so important to de-scale your machine with a quality descaler at least once every 3–6 months. Limescale will build up faster if you live in an area that’s served by a hard water supply, so you may need to de-scale your machine more frequently.

  • Don’t leave laundry to sit in the drum

Leaving your clean washing to sit in the drum for hours after the wash cycle has finished will make both your laundry and your machine smell musty and damp. So, always remove your wet laundry as soon as possible as washing. If you’ll be out of the house, use the delay function, so that the end of the wash cycle coincidences with when you’ll return home.

Let someone else take care of the laundry

If you’re overwhelmed by piles of grubby laundry, then why not let someone else deal with it? Our award-winning dry cleaning and laundry service makes wash day a breeze. Upon subscription We’ll collect your laundry, clean and iron it using professional methods and equipment, and return it to your door . We’ll even fold or hang it for you, so it’s ready to go straight in the wardrobe or drawer.

Your washing machine needs to be cleaned thoroughly every couple of months, and you should be running a hot maintenance cycle at least once every two weeks. This will leave your machine out of action for a few hours, so subscribe to our service and let us handle the hard work while you scrub up.

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4 way to get smells off your clothes

We all know that smell. The one that lingers after a night out bar hopping, dinner around the fire pit or an evening spent at a concert. That stale ashtray stink that follows you home and seems to engulf everything you touch. Yuck! How do you get that unmistakable smoke stench out of your clothes?

Without Washing:

Air it Out

The first thing a smoky garment needs is some fresh air. Hang the garment in a well ventilated area…even better hang outside. It’s amazing what a little sun and fresh air can do.

Odor Eliminating Spray

If the smoke smell remains, keep the garment hanging and use an odor eliminating such as Febreze all over the front and back. You can make your own odor eliminating spray by combining equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil such as lemon or mint oil.

Baking Soda

Place garment in an extra large plastic zipper bag with plenty of room for the garment to move around. If you don’t have a large enough zipper bag can also use a plastic shopping bag or garbage bag. Add ½ cup of baking soda, seal or tie the bag securely, give it a quick shake and let the entire thing sit overnight. That will give the baking soda time to absorb the odor. Once it’s done sitting, take the bag outside, open and shake excess off baking soda. Tumble garment in low or no heat drying cycle to help.


Steam is another option to reduce the odor in garments that cannot be washed in the machine. Check the garment care tag to be sure steaming is ok first. Then steam the item slowly, making sure not to miss any portion. Use a 3:1, distilled water to rubbing alcohol solution to the water reservoir for extra odor elimination.

In the Washing Machine:

Vinegar Pre-Soak

Before washing, give your garment a nice, long, odor-eliminating soak. Add 1 cup vinegar to sink or wash basin, then fill with warm water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a fresh scent. Soak garment for 30-60 minutes, then wash as directed.

Scent Booster

Laundry products have come a long way in the past decade. So much, that they make products just to add a long-lasting fresh scent to your laundered clothes. We’ve tried Gain Fireworks and Downy Unstopables and love what they do. Just add a scoop to a load of smoky-smelling clothes and let them go to work.

Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice can do wonders for all kinds of cleaning purposes, especially in the laundry room. Whiten whites and remove all sorts of odors, such as smoke, just by adding ½ a cup of lemon juice to the wash.


Alcohol is a powerful odor remover and safe on most washable fabrics. Pour ½ cup of cheap vodka (or rubbing alcohol) into the wash to eliminate tough odors.

Other Tips:

OdoBan is a product specifically designed to remove smells and odors. It has been found to work well for removing smoke odor and can be purchased at most superstores or online.

Febreze has a relatively new product on market called Laundry Odor Eliminator. It’s an in-wash detergent booster (used in addition to detergent) designed to target tough odors. It can also be found at most superstores or ordered online.

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The real meaning of Dry Cleaning

We all know what goes into doing laundry: mainly water and detergent and if we’re feeling especially ambitious, perhaps a little bleach or liquid fabric softener. Have you ever wondered what happens when you send your clothes to the dry cleaner? How can they be “dry” cleaned, anyway? You’re about to find out.

When you arrive at the dry cleaner’s, the clerk counts your items and documents each piece (shirt, slacks, blouse, etc). He/she should then ask if you know of any areas requiring special attention due to stains, tears, missing buttons, etc. The clerk then attaches a small tag to each piece of clothing, in order to identify it as yours. Items that need special attention will also receive a special colored tag. These tags will remain on your clothing throughout the entire cleaning process. An invoice showing the drop off and pick-up dates will be generated; one copy stays with the cleaner and the other is given to you.

The process of pre-treating stains at the dry cleaner’s isn’t much different than how you do it at home. The goal is to get rid of the stain prior to cleaning the garment or to at least make it easier to do so during the dry cleaning process. Keep in mind that you are more likely to have a favorable outcome if you take time to pre-treat the stains as soon as they happen.

Once the pre-treament is completed, the clothes are ready to be dry cleaned. The cleaning and drying process takes place in one machine. The clothes are placed into a large perforated basket, which rotates as it is sprayed and submerged by constant flows of cleaning solvent. The solvent most commonly used is perchloroethylene or “perc”. Because the process does not use any water, it is referred to as “dry” cleaning. The clothes are gently dropped and pounded against baffles in the basket, which is the equivalent of the agitation of your washing machine.

A good dry cleaning company will do “post-spotting” after cleaning your clothes. This process uses special equipment and chemicals, along with steam, water, air and vacuum in order to remove stubborn stains from your clothes. A majority of soil and stains are removed by this procedure, but stains that were set by heat and time may be around to stay. This is why it is so important to attempt to remove a stain as soon as it makes contact with your clothing.

The last phase of the dry-cleaning process is called “finishing.” This is the process by which your clothes are steamed, pressed, ironed and repaired. Once your items are finished, they will be folded and placed in wrapping or hung in plastic to ensure they remain safe and clean during the ride home.

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3 ways of making your active wear smell clean

Wash your workout gear ASAP

To avoid the bacteria growth that can lead to a strong or musty smell, be sure to wash your workout gear ASAP once you’re done wearing it. If you’re not able to wash your activewear right away, hang it somewhere airey rather than leaving it balled up in your gym bag so that it has the chance to dry out.

Soak it first

Activewear becomes stinky because of a build-up of sweat and dead skin cells (yeah… gross). While the washing machine will do a pretty good job of getting it clean, adding a little soak time before you run the wash cycle will help loosen any yucky bacteria or build up that may be on your clothes.

Be sparing with detergent

While it might seem intuitive to add more detergent to a cycle with really dirty clothes, the truth is that conventional at-home washing machines can only handle so much detergent. If you add more than what is recommended (or even the recommended amount with a smaller load), your clothes will end up less clean, with more detergent built up in the fabric and still holding onto their unpleasant post-workout odor.

Add an odor-busting ingredient

When you want to be sure that your activewear remains stink-free, it can be worth it to add an odor-busting ingredient to your rinse cycle. Instead of adding fabric softener, add a small amount of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to your stinkiest loads to ensure they smell fresh by the time they cycle is finished.

Hang to dry

While most activewear is pretty resilient, tossing it in the dryer is likely to wear down fabric and make it less likely to resist odors as it ages. Preserve the sweat and odor wicking properties of your activewear by letting it air dry instead of tossing it in the dryer.

This spring, don’t let stinky activewear keep you from your workout. Follow the steps above and your workout gear will smell as good as it looks!

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The Best Temp for your clothes

Most modern washing machines offer a dazzling array of settings on their dials. From delicates to bulky towels to speed wash, those of us actually doing laundry might feel that there’s a setting for every laundry situation. However, one simple yet puzzling question remains: whether to wash in hot or cold water. If you’ve ever stood over the temperature dial on your washing machine wondering which temperature to choose, this article is for you. Read on to learn when you should use hot water or cold water, and you’ll be a washing pro in no time.

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