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.
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.
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.
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.