A washing machine can be a haven for bacteria and mould if you often use it on a cooler wash setting, and the excess detergent can build up. This can also affect how effective the machine is at cleaning your clothes – badly washed clothes are often a sign that you need to clean your washing machine.
There are a few ways to solve this problem, including buying specific washing machine cleaner products. A cheaper option is to try soda crystals – you might have these around the house for other cleaning jobs anyway. Soda crystals are perfect for removing grease, grime and softening water and are therefore a great option for cleaning your washing machine and other white goods around the home.
How to Clean a Washing Machine with Soda Crystals
Every time your washing machine begins to get a bit smelly, or every four to six weeks, you can add soda crystals to your detergent drawer and put it on a hot and empty wash to kill the bacteria and remove the built-up grime that has accumulated there.
You should use around 500 g of soda crystals for the best results to leave your washing machine looking cleaner and smelling fresher.
You can combine the use of soda crystals with other household cleaners like white vinegar, which when added to the drum before a hot wash, will remove any excess limescale and leave it sparkling clean. You can also scrub the drum and doorway with the white vinegar for the best results.