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A cleaned washing machine from inside. 


Washing machines are workhorses that need a little TLC from time to time. They are full of lots of little nooks and crannies that can grow mould and mildew if not taken care of. If you’ve ever opened up your washing machine and noticed a funny smell, it’s probably due for a good clean. 

Keeping your washing machine in good condition is easy. Check out our simple step-by-step guide on how to clean your washing machine.

Tip: Read the appliance cleaner packet instructions and make sure you’ve chosen the right one for your washing machine. 

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1Remove existing residue

If you haven’t cleaned your washing machine for a while, you may notice excess detergent residue and gunk that has built-up over time. Check the rubber gasket for any excess moisture and mildew and give this a good wipe. You should also check the inside of the door for any dust or mildew - this is a typical spot that can gather a lot of build-up over time.

Next, give the inside of the washing machine a good wipe using a damp cloth or paper towel. Repeat this step on the outside of the washing machine to clean any dust and detergent spills. Lastly, check the drum and gasket for any loose items like coins, hairpins or toys; remove these.

Removing existing residue inside the washing machine using a cloth.

2Pour cleaner sachet into washing machine

Open your washing machine door and carefully tear open one sachet of the appliance cleaner. Empty the entire contents into the main bowl of the washing machine (not the dispenser). This ensures all of the cleaner stays within the main drum of the washing machine for a deep and thorough clean.  
Pouring cleaner sachet inside the washing machine. 

3Run the machine

Once you’ve poured the appliance cleaner in, close the door and turn on the washing machine. Run your washing machine for one full normal cycle, with only the appliance cleaner inside. Do not use the appliance cleaner with clothes or added detergents or cleaners inside the washing machine.

Once the cycle finishes, your washing machine should be clean and sparkling and ready for use.

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Tip: If you’ve got a really dirty washing machine, try running the cycle with hot water (above 60 degrees) to really wash away any excess soap and grime.
Closing the lid and running the washing the washing machine.

4Looking to clean your washing machine?

You’ll find everything you need to give your washing machine a good clean in-store. Speak to one of our friendly Team Members to ask them about our range of washing machine cleaners and other cleaning products today.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.