Washing machines see a lot of action each week, especially when it comes to family homes. While our clothes come out smelling fresh and free of stains, over time our washing machines can build up soap scum, dirt and hair which can make them run less effectively. Cleaning them regularly is the best way to prevent mould or musty smelling washing machines – and you can do so with baking soda and white vinegar, according to fans of cleaning influencer Mrs Hinch.
Posting on Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips, one woman asked for advice on how to remove mould from the rubber seal on her machine.
Helen Roberts wrote: “What’s the best way to clean mould off the rubber seal on the washing machine?”
Homeowners may not be aware, but they should put their washing machine through a cleaning cycle whether once a week or bi-weekly.
This depends on how often the machine is being used of course.
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Ruby Dobson suggested: “I’ve found the best way to get amazing results is to sprinkle baking soda in the seal and put white vinegar in the drum, then run on a hot wash.
“After the wash cycle you’ll notice that the mould disappears instantly.”
Safia Thomas commented: “I add baking soda and white vinegar in the empty drum seal to wash my washing machine and run it on a normal wash then put it back on a normal wash empty again that normally does the trick.
“I also usually put a white wash on after it’s all done just in case there’s any remaining baking soda left.
Lorraine Henshaw agreed: “Sprinkle baking soda into the seal and some white vinegar and leave then do a rinse.”
Linda Powell advised: “Try adding white vinegar and baking soda to your machine, it worked wonders on mine.”
Gina Philips added: “I used a combination of baking soda and white vinegar, worked for me, just added it around the seal then put it on a 60 wash with nothing in the drum.”
After washing the machine, it is suggested to leave the door open to let the air circulate and prevent any mould from breeding again.