How to Clean a Washing Machine

Washing machines are just like us, if not clean and fed, they won’t function. Of course, cleaning a washing machine may seem like a difficult job, but a few simple steps will ensure it’s not just your clothes that are squeaky clean. If you’re using too much powder it will clog up the washing machine drawer and water will not flow through as easily. So, you know what they always say, check the label, to ensure the correct amount of powder is being used. That’s how you’ll get the results you want. Clean is key, wipe the door seal regularly with a dry clean cloth to kill any hiding bacteria. It’s also suggested you occasionally run your machine on a hot wash to kill germs, especially if you normally wash on low temperatures. With Amica’s variable temperature washes, it will be easy! To save energy wash clothes on shorter cycles with lower water levels.


  1. Run your empty machine on a hot cycle, to kill bacteria and germs.
  2. Wipe the seal of your washing machine with a solution of white vinegar and water to remove any mould or mildew.
  3. Run a rinse program with a cup of white vinegar to bring the drum back up to a sparkling finish; this also works for dishwashers.
  4. Remove, soak, rinse, dry and replace your detergent drawer to get rid of powder or liquid buildup.
  5. Dry the seal, drawer and drum with a clean cloth after cleaning to leave the machine fresh and ready for your next wash.

Can washing machines smell?

Without regular maintenance your washing machine can start to smell. You are frequently putting dirty things in it and the damp environment rarely gets a chance to dry out so it is understandable that things can start to smell less than fresh.

Follow our top tips to prevent your washing machine from smelling:

  • Leave the door ajar between washes to let the damp air dry and clean air circulate into the drum.
  • Once a month, run a hot cycle on your machine with no laundry load inside. Put a cup of vinegar in the drum to clean any dirt away.
  • Wipe the seal down after a wash if it is particularly damp. This will help to prevent mould and mildew.
  • Do not always use a cold or cool cycle. Try to use a warmer or hot cycle occasionally.
  • Clean out the filter regularly.

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