Dishwashers and washing machines are supposed to make cleaning easier – so why is everything coming out just as dirty? Don’t worry – it doesn’t mean that they are broken. It’s likely that they need a clean. Grime and dirt can stay in your machines and build up over time, so it’s important to give them love from time to time. Keep reading to find out how to clean your white goods so that they perform like new.
The first thing you will want to do is make sure the dishwasher is empty and then run a hot wash through it. This will get rid of the food residue and help get rid of any bad smells. Once that’s done, take out anything that can be removed, like the cutlery holder, and give them a wash.
Then, it’s important to clean the filter. If you can pull it out, give it a rinse under the tap and get rid of any food stuck to it. Now is the also the time to remove any food from the bottom of the dishwasher.
If you want a deeper clean, fill a bowl with white vinegar on the top rack and run a hot wash. You can then sprinkle baking soda on the bottom and run another hot wash, although you should use a short cycle for this one.
A handy tip is to rinse your plates before they go into the dishwasher so less food can clog up the machine.
For a deep clean of the washing machine, you might need the manual instructions. You’ll want to remove the detergent drawer (which is where the manual comes in handy) to get rid of the build-up from the washing powder. Soaking it and giving it a little scrub should do the trick. Leave that to dry while you clean the rest of your machine.
White vinegar is a multipurpose white good cleaner – you can use it in your washing machine too. Pop some vinegar into the drum and set the machine to a hot wash. This should get rid of the bacteria and freshen up the smell but if it doesn’t, repeat the process.
A lot of dirt can build up in the rubber seals, so don’t forget those. Try and get a cloth carefully into the gaps to get out as much of the build-up as possible.
A handy tip is to leave the detergent draw and door open to dry out after each wash to prevent mould growing in them.