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

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

If your once-pristine washing machine is looking grubby and smelling decidedly un-fresh, it might be time to snap on the rubber gloves and give it the deep clean it deserves.

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
  • Sometimes a manufacturer recommends using a specific cycle to clean their machines
  • Some manufacturers advise against using cleaning or de-scaling products

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

After these steps, your washing machine should be sparkling clean. Here’s how to keep it well-maintained between deep cleans:

  • To keep it smelling fresh it is important to leave the door open between washes
  • Run the empty hot wash once a month to keep your machine in tip top condition
  • Use a detergent that promises to reduce limescale build-up, particularly if you live in a hard water area
  • Clean your washing machine’s door seals regularly – if mould is left to fester too long it can sink into the porous rubber of the seal, making it impossible to remove

If you or your family have sensitive skin think about a washing machine which has an anti-allergen programme such as the Bosch WAE28462GB washing machine

Or if you have a wardrobe that’s more sensitive and needs extra care then Samsung’s diamond drum is specially designed not to damage delicate clothes. Check out the Samsung ecobubble washing machine

See our full range of washing machines