Despite being one of the most used household appliances, many people do not know that washing machines require regular maintenance. So, how can you avoid bad smells, damaged seals, dirty detergent trays and much more? Cleaning and maintaining your washing machine, of course!

If you want to extend the life of your washing machine and avoid any bad odours that might be ruining your clothing, you are in luck. We have accumulated our top tips on how to clean your washing machine, with a little help from WD-40®.

Avoiding Bad Odors

Over time, an unpleasant smell can begin to develop within washing machines and sometimes even adhere to washed clothes. Therefore, we recommend regular cleaning of the porthole seal and detergent tray. However, it is also advisable, from time to time, to do a high temperature empty wash. Use white vinegar or other specified cleaning products to eliminate any bacteria.

Top Tip: Leave the washing machine door slightly open when not in use and remove washed clothes from the drum as soon as the cycle is over. This will avoid bad smells as much as possible.

Cleaning the Window Seal

Moisture and mold can build up on your machine’s porthole joint, leading to unpleasant odors. Using a mixture of white vinegar mixed with a few drops of essential oils, clean your washing machine using a sponge. With the same natural detergent, clean the entire seal to make sure there is no hidden residue left. At the end of this job, wipe again with a dry cloth to remove any excess dirt. Whilst cleaning your washing machine, it is a good idea to lookout for any worn-out joints that might need replacing!

Replacing the Window Seal

For proper washing machine maintenance and to prolong its life, it is sometimes necessary to replace a few parts, such as the window seal. Do not worry, this is not as hard as it sounds!

Start by disassembling the porthole of the washing machine with the help of a screwdriver. Remove the spring or clamp – depending on your washing machine – that holds the seal in place. If it is a spring, you can detach it with the help of a flat headed screwdriver. However, for a clamp you will only need to loosen it to remove the seal.

Gently remove the used joint: watch out for sharp edges! You are now able to install the new joint; start by lubricating the location of the seal. To do this, use WD-40® Specialist Silicone Lubricant to facilitate the insertion. Finish by installing the new joint.

Cleaning a Washing Machine Detergent Tray

The detergent tray often gets very dirty over time, so, to ensure your clothes are coming out nice and fresh it is important to regularly clean it. Start by removing the detergent tray from the washing machine and then soak it for thirty minutes in hot water mixed with two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. Remove any dirt from the grooves and hard to reach places in the tray by using a small brush – a toothbrush works great! Finish this process by rinsing the tray under running water and drying it with a cloth, before inserting it back into the washing machine.

Lubricating the Washing Machine Door  

If the door to your washing machine emits strange squeaks, it may need lubricating. Grab some WD-40® Multi-Use Product and generously coat the window hinge to ensure smooth movement. For machines with a top-opening lid, use the product in the same way by lubricating the hinges. This will reduce any annoying squeaky noises your machine may make.