As hard as it is to believe that your washing machine can get dirty, but it is true. Not only is this possible, but it is inevitable. Depending on the type of loads you put your washing machine through, cleaning it thoroughly must be done once every 3-4 months, if not monthly.
Failure to maintain your machine washing may lead to germs, bad odor, and even an expensive repair bill. You wouldn’t want to get into the part where your washing machine starts releasing black mold and build-up soap scum from the drum otherwise you’ll have to spend days trying to get rid of it.
Anyway, here are five secret hacks that will help you clean your washing machine inside out and effectively remove any odor, mold, and soap buildup.
5 Ingredients you can use to give your washing machine a shiny glow
1.Use baking soda and vinegar
In this method, you’ll need to mix ½ cup of baking soda and 1 liter of vinegar. Set the water temperature to 90° C on a long cycle. Be assured because the baking soda and vinegar are safe to use as they’re natural. They’re also effective at removing limescale and deodorizing. Vinegar might be acetic, but it is a mild form of acid, so it might not kill all of the mold. If you have a washing machine that is extremely dirty, you might want to try something stronger.
2.Remove the sticky residue with bleach and detergent
Only use the doses as directed on the label for larger loads. First, set the water temperature to 90° C, and choose the largest load option available. Then, choose a powdered enzyme detergent instead of the liquid ones. Something that contains a range of grease-eating enzymes like Amylase, Lipase and Protease. Add powdered oxygen bleach to the detergent and spin the load.
3.Use citric acid for removing buildup
Mixing 1 cup of citric acid with around ½ cup of baking soda will remove the chances of any possible buildup. Set the water temperature to 90° C and choose the long wash cycle. As citric acid is derived from citrus fruits, it’s a natural, powerful way of removing limescale, buildup, and soap scum. It is way stronger than vinegar so it’ll work well for washing machines that have lots of buildup.
4.Use chlorine bleach for removing odors
Only use chlorine bleach with lukewarm or cold water otherwise it’ll lose its effectiveness. Set the temperature of the water to 40°C and put 1 liter of chlorine bleach. Out of all the secret hacks, this one is the least preferable because chlorine bleach is a bit toxic and it cannot be mixed with other products. Also, it cannot penetrate porous surfaces like the porcelain inner drum or the plastic inner drum of your washing machine. You might think that you’ve killed the mold as you can no longer see it but the roots of the mold may still be alive and re-grow in a few days.5.
5.Using hydrogen peroxide for cleaning a filthy drum
One of the simplest and most effective ways to remove limescale, kill mold, and clean your drum would be by using hydrogen peroxide. Only 1 liter of this anti-viral, anti-bacterial would be enough on a long wash cycle with 90° C water temperature. It is a lot safer than chlorine bleach as it doesn’t leave behind any residue or toxic fumes. Similarly, it is environment-friendly as it breaks down into water and oxygen.
However, there is one downside to this method. Hydrogen peroxide will take a bit longer to work, which means you’ll have to leave it soaking in your washing machine for 2-3 hours.
*Bonus maintenance tips*
If these five secret hacks weren’t enough to fill your platter, then today is your lucky day. Here are two more bonus tips to help you maintain your washing machine –
Don’t let mold buildup in the first place
If you prevent mold from building up in the first place, you won’t have to look for hacks to get rid of the mold. To prevent mold, after each wash you should remove the dispenser drawer, rinse off the undissolved detergent, and let it dry. Moreover, keep the door of the washing machine open as it’ll stop the mold from forming inside the washing machine or in the door seal.
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Avoid using excess detergent
Sometimes, less is more. Using too much detergent will not only leave your clothes stiff but it might also cause wear on your washing machine. Putting too much detergent in the washing machine will lead to excess foam and this will trigger an error because your washer will think it is overflowing with water. Excess foam can also lead to the buildup of soap scum.