To preserve your precious washing machine and always have a clean cloth, it is important to maintain your washing machine regularly. Here are our tips for cleaning it from A to Z…Summary
- Clean the detergent drawer of your washing machine
- Descaling your washing machine
- Clean the washing machine drum
- Clean the washing machine filters
- Empty the washing machine water
Zoom in on your washing machine. When everything works, everything is fine. But as soon as a problem occurs, you will run right to disaster. To take advantage of your washing machine for as long as possible, without worries, some maintenance actions are essential. Explanations.
Clean the detergent drawer of your washing machine
First reflex to adopt. As soon as a deposit is formed, the container is removed (possible most of the time) and rinsed with warm water, adding, if necessary, a little Marseille soap. If necessary, use an old toothbrush. Once clean and dry, it is replaced. Be careful that it stays dry to avoid mold.
Descaling your washing machine
No need to buy descaling products. A bottle of white vinegar will be as effective, greener and much cheaper. Pour a small glass into the detergent drawer and the rest directly into the drum. Then start a wash cycle at 60 ° or 90 °. Ideally done once a month.
Clean the outside of his washing machine and the loading door
From time to time, clean the outside parts with a non-abrasive sponge and a little white vinegar. Do the same, after each laundry, indoors and outdoors, cleaning the loading door of your washing machine.
Clean the washing machine drum
Please note, the drum is a delicate element of the washing machine. Above all, do not use abrasive material to clean it. For a complete cleaning of the drum, and to eliminate any bad smell, pour 1 l of white vinegar in the drum and add a cup of baking soda . Rotate the washing machine at 90 ° for 1 to 2 minutes. Stop the machine and let stand for 1 hour. Then restart the full wash cycle. Then do a second wash at 90 ° C with 1 liter of white vinegar to remove the last residues. If any elements remain in the drum, remove them with a microfiber cloth dampened in white vinegar. To do once every 2 months.
It is also essential to clean the drum seal. If it gets dirty when you pass your hand, clean it with a soft, clean cloth. If necessary, use a soft brush, lukewarm water and a little Marseille soap. Rinse, then dry with a clean cloth.
Clean the washing machine filters
Filters allow dirt to avoid migrating into your washing machine. As a result, it is important to clean the filters at least once a quarter. To do this, stop the water, unscrew the water inlet hose and clean the filters located at the ends of it with a brush. Be careful to put the elements back in place (filters and seals) after cleaning, otherwise there is a risk of leaks!
Clean the water drain hose
Once or twice a year, remember to check your water drain hose and check for deposits. If the hose is damaged, it will need to be changed.
Empty the washing machine water
If you need to check the pump filter, move your washing machine to check. If you have noticed that the draining is not carried out properly, the water in the washing machine must be emptied. Do not panic, handling is not complicated. First, make sure that the machine is switched off and that the last detergent has been finished for several hours (so as not to burn yourself with hot water). The drain filter is normally at the bottom of your washing machine hidden under a plinth. Remove it, place a container in front to collect the water and place a mop. If your machine has a small drain hose, open it. Then unscrew the cover protecting the filter. Water may leak. All you have to do is remove the filter. Then check the absence of dirt,
Four golden rules to keep a washing machine clean
Rule number 1: remember to empty the pockets before putting your laundry to wash. Small items can damage the drum and the seal.
Rule number 2: no overdose of detergent, which has the effect of clogging your machine.
Rule number 3: replace your fabric softener with white vinegar, to which you will have added a few drops of essential oil. An ecological reflex that diffuses a pleasant smell, while maintaining your washing machine, at a lower cost.
Rule number 4: between two detergents, always leave the washing machine door open, which will evacuate the humidity and also prevent mold causing bad odors.