Washing machine cleaner
To make sure your washing machine lasts as long as possible and works as well as possible, it is important to clean it regularly. Cleaning a washing machine may sound like a lot of work, but fortunately it is not that hard! Especially if you use a washing machine cleaner. In this article you will find everything you need to keep your washing machine clean.
Why you should clean your washing machine
If you don’t keep your washing machine clean, chances are you’ll get limescale deposits in the washing machine or an unpleasant smell coming from the drum. For this reason it is important to clean your washing machine regularly, once a month is generally enough. By cleaning your washing machine regularly, you can prevent or cure limescale and fat lice. Below you can read what limescale and fat lice are and why you should not wait for them.
What is limescale?
Our tap water naturally contains calcium and magnesium. In principle, there is no harm at all in having these minerals in the water, but when they are heated, limescale forms. You see this happen in your kettle, your showerhead, but also in the heating elements of your washing machine. If lime gets on them, it can take longer for the water to heat up, which will jack up the price of your energy bill. In the long run, lime can also cause the heating elements to break down. That’s why it’s important to prevent limescale from forming in your washing machine.
What is grease?
Don’t worry, we’re not literally talking about lice! But a fresh story this isn’t either. Grease lice is a buildup of detergent residue, lint, dander, skin fats and hair. Often this forms a gray gunk in the rubbers of your washing machine or in the soap drawer. It usually forms because there is a residue of detergent left over. Then all the dirt sticks in there. Grease lice is a breeding ground for bacteria and causes a smelly washing machine. At some point your laundry will also smell of it and it will cause stains on your clothes.
The best washing machine cleaner
Do you have a smelly washing machine? Or do you have calcium deposits? Nobody wants that. Luckily, with a good washing machine cleaner you can get rid of it in no time. Below is a list of the best products to get your washing machine clean and lime-free. This way, your washing machine will smell good again and you will get the most out of its lifespan.
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How to use a washing machine cleaner
If you suffer from a smelly washing machine, a washing machine cleaner is the solution for you. This product is designed to make your washing machine smell nice and fresh again. It removes all the dirt and grime and makes sure your washing machine works tiptop again! Below you will find our tips on how to use a washing machine cleaner. First of all, did you know that you can also use this product for cleaning a dishwasher?
Next, we want to say that different products work differently. The size of your washing machine also plays a role. Therefore, read the instructions on the bottle of your washing machine cleaner beforehand.
- Start by emptying the drum of your washing machine
- Put, using the provided measuring cup, 100 grams of detergent in the detergent compartment. Do not add extra detergent
- Rinse the measuring cup and close the washing machine
- Set a wash cycle at 60 degrees without prewash
- Turn on the machine and let it do its work without interruption. It’s done!
How to keep your washing machine clean
If you never want a smelly washing machine again, we also have several tips to banish the foul smell from your washing machine for good. In the spirit of ‘prevention is better than cure’: our tips for keeping washing machines clean!
- Use less detergent. When our laundry doesn’t smell as fresh, we tend to use more detergent. But this is counterproductive! Detergent residue gets stuck in the rubbers and the soapbox of the washing machine. All sorts of dirt collects there, causing grease lice to form. This is often the reason for a smelly washing machine and an unpleasant smell on the laundry.
- Even if you prefer not to use a washing machine cleaner, you would do well to run a boil every now and then. This is a wash, without laundry, at a minimum of 90 degrees and also removes a lot of dirt already. Do this once a month. You can also add a splash of vinegar or baking soda if necessary. This is also very effective in preventing or removing limescale.
- Clean the soap dish after every wash. No water flows through here, and as a result, detergent residue tends to get stuck in here. This is solved by simply running a cloth through it.
- Let the washing machine dry. By opening the door of the washing machine after each wash, you give the drum a chance to dry properly. Bacteria love damp places, so a drum that still has water in it is paradise for them.