It’s not a job we often think about, but if you have noticed funny smells coming from your washing machine it might be time to give it a little TLC. Don’t worry it doesn’t have to be hard work, there’s no need to reach for the elbow grease. Cleaning your washing machine can be easy!
Even though your washing machine may look clean, soap sum, lime scale and bacteria can build up around the drum causing nasty odours. Giving your machine a deep clean with our Washing Machine Cleaner and Sanitiser, will leave your machine smelling fresh, clean and free from germs as well as helping to prevent the future build up of bacteria and other problems. Leaving the door open to your machine after a wash is also advised. It will allow air to circulate inside the drum and help prevent the growth of mould and bacteria.
Regularly cleaning the detergent drawer will prevent the build up of soap scum and germs, you should aim to do this at least once a week. Another area where mould and mildew can build up, is the rubber seal around the door. Without regular cleaning the mould will seep into the porous rubber and could end up staining it. To prevent this from happening our Rubber Seal Wipes are impregnated with a special cleaning agent, simply wipe around the seal to clean.
60% of homes in the UK have hard water, this means that although it complies with national water quality regulations making it safe for drinking, it contains dissolved minerals which are not present in soft water. The hardness of the water will depend on where you live. So how does hard water and limescale affect washing machines? Heating the water in appliances such as your washing machine causes limescale to accumulate on the heating elements as well as the drum, pipes, seals and hoses.
Limescale on the heating element is bad news. The limescale acts as an insulator causing the heating element to get much hotter than it should. This can lead to it failing and your washing machine breaking down. Limescale on other parts of your machine such as pipes and seals can also cause flooding. Repairing or replacing a washing machine is not cheap, so you should aim to do what you can to reduce limescale build up. One thing you can do to help, is to fit a Washing Machine Anti Scale Prevention device. It fits between the cold water inlet valve and hose and filters the water going into your machine.