I clean the drum and filters weekly, and put a bottle of white vinegar through at same time, then a borax solution monthly. Having dog beds and blankets going through so often it’s dog hair blocks filters here. I’ve never found anything except dog hair in mine, I’m a pocket sorter out before I put anything in the machine or I’d be washing biscuits and coins and various other things no one thinks to empty out of their pocket !
Eh!!!..never,I know there’s a panel at the foot of the machine which would need to be pulled out and unscrewed to be cleaned,but I’m not going there.:shock:…I clean the detergent dispenser regularly,and it has a self cleaning pump,but there’s no limescale prob’s with Our soft Scottish water,so I won’t concern Myself with it…I do clean the dishwater filter about once a week though.
Once a month, I run several maintenance washes using soda crystals, citric acid and white vinegar (not all at once) - luckily, my local Home Bargains store sells all those DP products at low, low prices …
Just kidding. I’ve no idea where it is and I can’t be bothered to read the manual to find it.
For the last 12 years my current beastie has just had a white vinegar wash once a month.
Have to as it’s vile water here. If I don’t descale the kettle every 2 weeks I end up with crunchy stuff in my tea.
we began to get smelly clothes after they came out the washer ,I didnt realise it was the washer that smelled,not had that problem in over 40 yrs .So i didnt put two and two together till i got my head in .
so every month we put a washing machine cleaner through and the smell has not returned .I think its down to soft water ,although i have black spots in the dispenser.
The trap at the bottom of the machine has to be unscrewed ,last time i did it water came out but not much else …
Its a combination of low temperature washes, non bio washing powders, plastic outer drums, and cold fill only, that cause the bad smells and black mould to build up in your washer, you can see this in the soap drawer that will go black, as no hot water goes into them anymore, the best thing to do is either, switch to bio washing powders/ liquids, or use a dedicated washing machine cleaner, ( soda crystals will do) and run at 90 degrees, you will still need to pull out the soap drawer and clean in hot water, ( don’t forget to clean out the inside of the soap drawer too) do this every couple of months or so, or more frequently if really bad…
White vinegar is a great descaler and sanitiser but I think it’s the soda crystals that remove the gunk.
Soda crystals or bicarb of soda are also great for putting down plugholes or outside grids for breaking down scum and nasty little trapped food stuffs.
Yes I use soda crystals for drain and sink…and a teasp in boiling water in the mug my sis-in-law has drunk her strong black tea out of to remove the stains :shock: what does it do to her stomach!! the tea I mean, not the soda crystals
So where do the soda crystals go in the washing macine?
And how much?