Cleaning: Ms Hinch fans share ‘best way’ to clean washing machine seals – ‘cheap’


Washing machines see a lot of action every week, especially when it comes to family homes. While our clothes come out fresh and stain-free, over time our washing machines can accumulate soap scum, dirt and hair, which can make them less efficient. Cleaning them regularly is the best way to keep washing machines from smelling moldy or musty — and you can do that with baking soda and white vinegar, according to fans of cleaning influencer Ms. Hinch.

Posting on Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips, a woman asked for advice on how to remove mildew from the rubber seal of her machine.

Helen Roberts wrote, “What’s the best way to clean mildew from the washing machine’s rubber seal?

Homeowners may not know it, but they need to put their washing machine through a cleaning cycle, once a week or every two weeks.

This of course depends on how often the machine is used.

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Ruby Dobson suggested, “I’ve found the best way to get amazing results is to sprinkle baking soda in the joint and put white vinegar in the drum, then run a hot wash through.

“After the wash cycle, you will notice that the mildew disappears instantly.”

Safia Thomas commented: “I add baking soda and white vinegar to the seal of the empty drum to wash my washing machine and run it on a normal wash then put it back on a normal wash on empty which normally does the trick.

“I also usually put on a white wash after everything is done in case there is any baking soda left.

Lorraine Henshaw agreed, “Sprinkle baking soda in the bucket and white vinegar and then let it rinse.”

Linda Powell advised, “Try adding white vinegar and baking soda to your machine, it worked wonders on mine.”

Gina Philips added: “I used a combination of baking soda and white vinegar, it worked for me, I just added it around the joint and then put it on a 60 wash with nothing in the drum.”

After washing the machine, it is suggested to leave the door open to let the air circulate and prevent mold from breeding.


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