Descaling the washing machine
How full should a washing machine be? That’s a question many of us run into. It’s not good to fill your washing machine to the brim, but an empty drum is not good either. Find out here exactly how much laundry you can put in your washing machine, and why it is so important to stick to this.
Why descale your washing machine
If you don’t descale your washing machine regularly, limescale can form on the heating element. These limescale deposits can cause your washing machine to take longer to get the water to the right temperature, costing you more power than necessary. Also, limescale deposits on the heating element cause it to break down faster – which of course you want to avoid!
Wondering how lime is formed? It happens when calcium starts a reaction with carbonate, often when you heat water. Like in your washing machine, shower head or kettle. Hard water has a lot of calcium. Because the hardness of water varies by area, some people suffer from limescale more quickly than others.
Prevention is better than cure, we all know that! How hard your tap water is and how quickly lime scale forms in your home depends on your area. Online you can look up how hard the water is that comes out of your pipes. How to deal with it, you can read in our tips below:
- Dose your detergent: detergents contain ingredients that combat lime scale. On the packaging of your detergent, you will find dosage recommendations for the hardness of the water. This way you can check how much detergent you need to combat limescale.
- Wash at low temperature: because lime scale is formed when the water is hot, it helps to wash at a lower temperature. It is better to wash at 30 or 40 degrees than at 60 or 90 degrees.
If you follow these two tips, you do not necessarily need to descale. But do you regularly wash your laundry hot, or do you use a detergent without descaling ingredients? Then read on! These methods are also very suitable for cleaning your washing machine and preventing grease fungus.
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How to descale a washing machine
There are several ways to descale washing machines. For all ways, empty the drum of your washing machine and use a cloth to remove any dirt. You can usually use a regular wash program to clean and/or descale your washing machine – but if your washing machine has a special program for cleaning, use that.
Then the answer to the question: how often should you clean and descale your washing machine? Of course, this depends on the hardness of the water and how often you use your washing machine, but on average you should consider once a month. That may sound like a lot, but it’s not that bad! Especially if you have read our explanation below:
A descaler from the supermarket
You can buy specific washing machine descaling tablets or descaling liquid. In the manual of your descaler you can read exactly how to use them. Often you run a simple wash cycle at 60 degrees or higher.
Descaling with vinegar
Descaling your washing machine with vinegar is just as easy, often cheaper and better for the environment too! To do this, empty a whole bottle of vinegar into your detergent drawer – a whole bottle might sound like a lot, but it will clean your washing machine very well and fortunately it doesn’t cost that much. To descale your washing machine with vinegar you can run a wash cycle at 90 degrees, 95 degrees is also possible.
Descaling with soda
Descaling with soda is very similar to descaling with cleaning vinegar. Put about half a cup of soda per time in the drawer where you normally put detergent, and let run a washing program at 90 degrees, 95 degrees is also possible.