Clean the washing machine - this is how it works

My first washing machine, a space-saving top loader, did not even survive the warranty period. After nearly two years, it was over. Mold had spread so much to the seals and inside the machine that all the tips of patente girlfriends and ultimately the use of chemicals did not come to the infestation. My fault was my own behavior. I had always closed the lid of the top loader and used it as a storage area for various articles from the drugstore. Of course, I dusted hard, but I did not come up with the idea that the machine had to dry out completely after the wash. I only left the disposal of the white goods. Then I bought a front loader and since then I have been careful to keep the porthole and the detergent compartment open. But not only that!

1. Lint filter brings objects to light

The purpose of the lint filter is to catch foreign objects such as a handkerchief that decomposes during the wash cycle, buttons or coins. It should be cleaned twice a year. To do this, first open the flap at the bottom of the skirting board. Here is the sieve. It is depending on the machine and manufacturer with either levers that you press in or removed by rotation. Careful, there's a momentum in the water too. It can be collected with a highly absorbent sponge or a flat bowl. Now look what comes out of it. With me, the bra of a bra was ever to find and I really have no idea how he has found this way. You can rinse the lint filter under the tap or use the shower head to help. Of course, the fluff should not land in the drain from the sink or the bathtub, otherwise you may have the next problem. Put the cleaned sieve back in and make sure it is tight. Otherwise, water may leak.

2. Remove detergent residues from the filling compartment

Remains of detergent and fabric softener accumulate again and again in the filling compartment. Especially when I work a lot with liquid detergent and do without washing powder for a while. It collects moisture and it forms an ideal breeding ground for mold growth. The laundry does not smell so fresh. This is due to the fact that the fine nozzles are clogged and the detergent is not properly rinsed. For cleaning, I remove the compartment, put it in a bucket of water and add a denture cleaner. If everything has not been released after ten minutes, I will help with an old toothbrush, rinse it again and let it dry. By the way: Removing the detergent compartment is easy. Either there is a colored nipple in the rear area, which is pressed in or pressure is exerted on the rear insert, which then lowers by a few millimeters, so that the compartment can be pulled out without resistance.

3. Rub seal rubber with vinegar cleaner

Seals, such as the rubber seal on the front loader, which is located in front of the drum and in which most of the water stops, I rub regularly with a damp cloth and a little diluted vinegar cleaner. This removes deposits. When I think of it, I also take a kitchen towel and dry the gutter after the wash.

4. Descale the washing machine

I descale twice a year. For this, I make liquid citric acid and dilute it with water. I then put this mixture in the drum, let it work a bit and then set the cooking program. Here I do not add any laundry, but let it pass through empty. And: the washes afterwards are a pleasure, because the fresh laundry smells really delicious to lemon. If you only want to clean the machine, you can do that with two dishwasher tablets, which you place in the drum. However, the lime remains unimpressed.