DOs:

  • a maintenance wash of at least 75o without any load and with detergent from time to time
  • clean the dispenser drawer regularly to remove detergent residues. A build-up may cause bad smells or prevent the detergent from making its way to the clothes during a wash cycle.
  • wipe dry the rubber lining of the washing machine’s door, after each wash cycle 
  • leave the washing machine door slightly open after each wash, to prevent a buildup of mould 


(design: PIU Design)

Did you know?

Washing at low temperatures, though environmentally friendly and can clean as well as hot washes, may cause bacteria and detergent to build up in the washing machine. To prevent this, run a maintenance wash every month by putting the machine through the hottest wash cycle it is capable of without any laundry. Use the normal measure of powder detergent for this.

Already have a mould build-up?

If your washed clothes still smell a bit iffy, it might be a sign of mould! Identify the areas with mould and try cleaning it off with a mould remover. You can also put some bleach and water in a spray bottle, and apply it to the mouldy parts before wiping it off with a wet cloth. Do cover any areas of the washing machine you need to protect from the bleach.

Do check that your machine is level and not tilted by using a carpenter’s level. An unevenly positioned machine may move around a fair bit during the tumble of the wash cycle, and will break down over time.

Information provided by Miele, Electrolux, Whirlpool, and Hitachi.