How to Clean the Washing Machine : Cleaning the Drum, Filter and even the Porthole

If your washing machine is dirty, the germs and bacteria inside will settle on the fabrics and give a bad smell. Washing it periodically is mandatory.

Although cleaning the washing machine can be tedious, Palermitans should do it at least once a month. In this way, we will not only have impeccable laundry, but consumption will be lower and the lifespan of the washing machine optimized. If the appliance is dirty, the germs and bacteria inside will settle on the fabrics and give a bad smell. With a few small tricks and the right products, we will be able to defeat limescale, mold and germs and have a washing machine as good as new.

How to clean the drum

The drum is the part of the washing machine where limescale can build up as a result of constant washing. To clean and disinfect it, you need to do a once-a-month vacuum washing machine at high temperatures, pouring a glass of white vinegar into the drum and detergent tray. In addition to removing lime scale, the natural product eliminates odor. If your washing machine is particularly dirty, you can also add baking soda and leave the porthole open at the end of each wash cycle to allow the drum to dry.

How to clean the gasket

This is the part of the washing machine where mold is most likely to form because water tends to pool in the folds. To prevent its formation, it is a good idea to dry it after every wash. For a more thorough cleaning, you can create a creamy mixture of baking soda and lemon, which you can scrub over the affected parts with the help of a small brush that can get into every crevice. Once the mold has been removed, all you have to do is wipe with a damp cloth and dry.

How to clean the filter

The filter needs less maintenance; you can clean it even once a year. When disassembling the filter, it is best to turn off the water and place a basin underneath, because once opened it tends to leak water and residual dirt. If particularly dirty, you can soak it for a few hours inside a solution of water and vinegar. After that time has elapsed, you can remove the last residue by wiping the baking soda and lemon mixture all over the surface and rinsing it with running water.

How to eliminate bad odor

To eliminate bad odors, you can create a mixture with water and vinegar or lemon. With the help of a sprayer, spread the liquid in the basket, or in the tub, and with a sponge remove the excess. If you want to have an optimal result, as mentioned earlier you can have the washing machine do a 90° vacuum wash by putting baking soda and lemon inside the tub.

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