How to clean your washing machine

Clean your washing machine once a month.

Read your manual

Clean the parts

Wipe down rims and seals. If you machine has a removable agitator, take it out to clean.

Clean the filter

Remove the lint filter and clean it.

Clean the drum

  • Choose a 90/95°C drum clean cycle with no detergent (bleach optional), or
  • Select a long cold cycle with no detergent and add one cup of chlorine bleach, or
  • Use a commercial descaler if you have flakes on your laundry.

Note: bleach is effective while the water is heating. Even in hot water, the rate of degradation is not significant enough to render it immediately ineffective. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Additional information to support our advice. Think of this as an “extra for experts” section.

Why are there sometimes bubbles during a drum clean cycle if no detergent is used?

This is completely typical of a drum clean. Some of that is agitation bubbles, some of it will be detergent that’s been stuck somewhere and is being cleaned out by the cleaning cycle. It’s not something you need to be concerned about.

Do I need to run a drum clean cycle if I regulary wash towels at 90/95°C?

No need to run an additional drum clean cycle. Remember to wipe down the rims and seal as well as checking your filter.