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Clear washing machines of mould and limescale with 3 household items that ‘work wonders’


Mould and limescale are the two major issues when it comes to washing machines. Mould in washing machines can be carried on your clothes, bedding and towels even after they have been washed resulting in a smelly odour.

Although laundry may emerge stain-free, the washed-off dirt can build up inside the mechanisms, along with residue from cleaning products.

Limescale builds up on the pipes and elements of your washing machine and can cause breakdowns, which will result in expensive call-out and repair charges.

To help rid your appliance of mould and limescale, Simon Allen who is the co-founder of Fountain Filters, has shared his best advice.

As someone with extensive knowledge in water filtration, Simon claimed that dealing with mould and limescale in your washing machine isn’t just about maintaining cleanliness, it’s about safeguarding your home’s health and enhancing the longevity of your appliances.

From his experience, the expert has shared two of “the best ways” that “work wonders” to “keep your washing machine free from mould and limescale”.

How to clean your washing machine from mould

When cleaning, Simon recommends households always begin with an empty washing machine.

Start by running a hot cycle with two cups of white vinegar. As a natural disinfectant, vinegar is “excellent for eradicating mould without harming your machine’s internal parts”.

After the vinegar cycle, he recommends using half a cup of baking soda directly into the drum and running another hot cycle. 

He explained: “Baking soda complements vinegar by cleaning deeper and eliminating any lingering odours.”

Households shouldn’t overlook the detergent drawer and the door seal as these areas can “harbour mould the most”. 

Simply detach the detergent drawer and soak it in a vinegar solution. For the door seal, use the same solution and a soft cloth or brush to reach into the crevices where mould loves to hide.

To “prevent mould buildup” in the future, post-wash, ensure you leave the door ajar to promote airflow and dry out any lingering moisture – a “simple yet effective” solution.

How to eradicate limescale from washing machine

According to Simon, limescale needs a different approach than how you would tackle mould. 

He claimed that a hot cycle with citric acid “works wonders” for stubborn buildups.

A quick wipe-down of the drum and door seal after each use “can prevent the conditions mould and limescale need to develop”, claimed the expert.

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