Mrs Hinch – real name Sophie Hinchcliffe – rose to fame after she started to share unusual cleaning tips and tricks. Now with more than four million social media followers, fans of the cleaning guru regularly share their own finds on dedicated Facebook pages, including the best ways to clean a washing machine.
Amy Nelson wrote: “I use a small cup of bleach in ours, get an old cloth and wipe the seal with it. Also put a small cup of bleach on 90 degrees and it will stop the smelling.”
Jane Wood said: “Use Astonish Mould & Mildew remover and scrub with an old toothbrush.”
Jan Lett added: “I like Jane’s answer, worked for me!”
“Absolutely the best combo,” wrote Tegan Cunningham.
Using an old toothbrush will help to scrub the mould away and make sure all the nooks and crannies are cleaned out.
Laura Wood wrote: “I sprayed Astonish Mould & Mildew spray on mine, left it overnight, then sprayed again. I then put the machine on a hot wash with nothing in it, cleared all the mould on mine.”
Other members offered different advice, including using white vinegar through the drawer of the machine.
Lexi Gill said: “Use Flash bathroom spray then soda crystals and white vinegar, comes up amazing.”
The cleaning fan recommended buying soda crystals from B&M where they can be picked up for as little as 50p.
Soda crystals help to remove stains as well as soften water to help clean the machine.
When combined with white vinegar, the combination of the products can help to stop limescale building up on the internal surfaces of the machine.
This can naturally keep the machine fresh, clean and free of limescale and mould.
It is important to clean the washing machine out regularly, including leaving the door open to help air it out after use.