Washing machines clean laundry but they aren’t self-cleaning. You need to clean your washing machine every couple of weeks, otherwise, mould will start to grow. If you’ve already spotted mould on your machine, don’t panic! Express.co.uk has chatted to Lynsey Queen of Clean to find how to get rid of the mould in your washing machine.
Mould typically occurs in washing machines as a result of neglect or improper use, but it’s totally solvable if you take the right steps.
Most of the time, mould pops up on the rubber seal or in the machine drawer.
This is because that’s where old detergent and dirt build up, and if you don’t follow the precautionary steps the mould will continue to grow.
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How to clean the drum
If you use your machine a lot, you should give it a deep clean once a week.
Lynsey said: “Run the machine on an empty wash along with a washing machine cleaner or do a lap of white wine vinegar or a cap full of bleach to get rid of any mould.
“Follow the instructions of the washing machine cleaner you’ve bought, or stick the bleach or white vinegar straight into the tray or drum.
“This will help keep your machine smelling nice and fresh and ward off mould.
“Then wipe inside the machine all around the drum with a clean, soapy cloth.”
How to clean the seal
Every week, give the rubber seal a good wipe to get rid of any mould and prevent more from growing.
Making a solution of two simple ingredients bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar, which cost just 59p and 80p from Tesco, can make a real difference.
Lynsey said: “You can use your detergent for this or mix some bicarbonate of soda with some white wine vinegar into a paste and use a small toothbrush brush to get right into the rubber.
“The rubber seal picks up all sorts of dirt from your clothes and will also pick up minerals and hard water.”
Then, follow up with an empty hot wash to get rid of the vinegar, bicarb and mould