Washing machines are a common feature in most households now. Going beyond just giving your laundry a wash, modern washing machines come with advanced features like inbuilt heaters and smart load detection, among others, which ensure that your clothes are washed most efficiently. However, quite often, the machine itself is ignored in terms of cleanliness and hygiene. Since it removes so much dirt, lint and stains from your clothes, it is imperative that you clean your washing machine regularly. Not only will it prevent bad odour from building up inside, it'll also guarantee that any leftover laundry detergent, fabric softener or debris stuck in the washtub does not rub off on clothes, leaving behind marks and stains. Here, we tell you exactly how you should clean your washing machine.

How To Clean

While the exact steps may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, these are the general tips that you should adhere to when cleaning your washing machine.

After a wash, take your laundry out promptly: Do this to avoid the buildup of a musty odour in the washtub.

Remove any dander and debris: Wait for the tub to dry, then use your vacuum's soft brush attachment to pull out any leftover debris and fur.



Run a cleaning cycle: Many new models come with their own tub cleaning modes that need to be run with the recommended amount of detergent. If your machine does not come with one, then you need to add about half a cup of chlorine bleach to the detergent dispenser and run a standard wash cycle with hot water. Do check the manual for model-specific instructions on cleaning.



Clean the dispenser: After the cycle is run, wipe the dispenser clean to remove any residual detergent/cleaning liquid.

Clean the filter: If your machine comes with a removable filter, check the user manual on how to remove it and clean it.

Clean the lid/door: For top-loaders the door is quite clean by itself, however, it will also benefit from periodic wiping. Although, front loaders are a different game altogether. The rubber gasket around the door should be wiped regularly to prevent moisture buildup that leads to mould formation.



Let it air: After cleaning, as well as after every cycle, develop a habit of leaving the door ajar for a while to let any leftover moisture evaporate.

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