How to clean your washing machine and all you need is cotton buds and £1 mould and mildew spray

IT MAY keep your clothes fresh at the press of a button – but it's easy to forget that your washing machine needs cleaning too.

Mums have been sharing their genius hacks for getting the drawers, drum and door seal sparkling.

According to experts, washing machines can harbour salmonella other nasty bacteria if not cleaned often enough.

Researchers at the University of Arizona have found that it can be a breeding ground for germs, which can also include hepatitis A virus, norovirus, rotavirus and E. coli.

"If you wash a load of just underwear, there will be about 100 million E. coli in the wash water, and they can be transmitted to the next load of laundry," said Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology, to ABC News.

"There's about a tenth of a gram of poop in the average pair of underwear."



. . . . . #washingmachineclean#doorseal#rubberseal #mould#mouldremoval#muchbetternow#eotcleaning#eotclean#endoftenancycleaning 💪🏼👌🏼

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However, if you're unsure how to clean your machine, women on Instagram have been sharing their tips – and some impressive 'before' and 'after' pictures too.

Alongside a pictures of a dirty – then gleaming – glass door, one wrote:"This was the first washing machine 'hinch' this rented property machine has ever had. Not bad for a first going over."

The social media user, who also shared images of her transformed drawer and filter, explained that she used multi-purpose cleaning spray from Elbow Grease and Dettol, as well as a Dishmatic scrubber and Zoflora disinfectant to get her's like new.

Similarly, another tackled grime in the drawer compartment with mould and mildew spray – which can be found for £1 in B&M or Home Bargains – a grout brush and cotton buds for the "hard to reach places".

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🤢🤢 serious neglect of my washing machine drawer, I have never let it get this bad (promise 🤞..too busy making sure everyone else has pristine homes 🙌🏽😂) . . Anyways it’s very simple to clean the inside and the washing machine drawer, I used @astonishcleaners #mouldandmildewspray you can get it in most pound shops? B&m, home bargains etc, simply spray and clean! I used a grout brush to clean the inside, it’s quite tricky tying to scrub , takes some time! The drawer is simple, and for those hard to reach places simply use a cotton bud!!. . . To finish add some soda crystals to the drawer and some white vinegar into the drum, put it on a warm cycle and when that’s finished add a capful of #Zoflora to the drum and put it on a rinse . . #washingmachineclean #washingmachine #astonishcleaners #astonishcleaningproducts #zoflora #zofloraaddict #zofloraobsessed #zofloralove #lovezoflora #cleaningtips #cleaningtricks #cleaninghacks #cleaningmotivation #cleaningredients #tipsandtricks #hacks #everydayplayhacks #instahome #instaclean #instalife #pristinemaid #belfast

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🤢🤢 serious neglect of my washing machine drawer, I have never let it get this bad (promise 🤞..too busy making sure everyone else has pristine homes 🙌🏽😂) . . Anyways it’s very simple to clean the inside and the washing machine drawer, I used @astonishcleaners #mouldandmildewspray you can get it in most pound shops? B&m, home bargains etc, simply spray and clean! I used a grout brush to clean the inside, it’s quite tricky tying to scrub , takes some time! The drawer is simple, and for those hard to reach places simply use a cotton bud!!. . . To finish add some soda crystals to the drawer and some white vinegar into the drum, put it on a warm cycle and when that’s finished add a capful of #Zoflora to the drum and put it on a rinse . . #washingmachineclean #washingmachine #astonishcleaners #astonishcleaningproducts #zoflora #zofloraaddict #zofloraobsessed #zofloralove #lovezoflora #cleaningtips #cleaningtricks #cleaninghacks #cleaningmotivation #cleaningredients #tipsandtricks #hacks #everydayplayhacks #instahome #instaclean #instalife #pristinemaid #belfast

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Afterwards, she recommended: " To finish, add some soda crystals to the drawer and some white vinegar into the drum, put it on a warm cycle and when that’s finished add a capful of #Zoflora to the drum and put it on a rinse .

Another third poster also whipped out the cotton buds to get her drawer clean again.

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CONFESSION TIME! 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢 Okay- so, we got our washer (and dryer) second hand out of one of my mums flats when we moved in (years ago!) they weren’t particularly dirty when we got them- except there was mould in the rubber seal of the washer, because it had sat unused but wet for weeks. I got rid of that, and thought all was fine. Then I found out you can normally take the drawer out and clean in there. I tried and tried with all my might to pull the drawer out- everyone kept saying “just pull, it’ll come out” but it didn’t- so I assumed it couldn’t come out. I was doing cleaning cycles pretty often anyway. Then yesterday, I saw @dazlincleaning do her machine- and her drawer had a catch that needed to be pushed and then the drawer came out easy! Low and behold- ours is the same! So I took it out this morning to clean it all🤢🤢 >>>>>>swipe for during- then after! #Imahincher #hinching #mrshinchmademedoit #hinchhacks #mrshinchhome #hinchyourselfhappy #homesweethome #homeiswheretheheartis #homeismyhappyplace #cleaning #tidying #decluttering #makingthehouseourhome #sahm #stayathomemamma #hinchhaul #minihinchhaul #washingmachineclean #beforeandafter #gross #dirtporn #disgusting

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CONFESSION TIME! 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢 Okay- so, we got our washer (and dryer) second hand out of one of my mums flats when we moved in (years ago!) they weren’t particularly dirty when we got them- except there was mould in the rubber seal of the washer, because it had sat unused but wet for weeks.I got rid of that, and thought all was fine.Then I found out you can normally take the drawer out and clean in there. I tried and tried with all my might to pull the drawer out- everyone kept saying “just pull, it’ll come out” but it didn’t- so I assumed it couldn’t come out. I was doing cleaning cycles pretty often anyway.Then yesterday, I saw @dazlincleaning do her machine- and her drawer had a catch that needed to be pushed and then the drawer came out easy! Low and behold- ours is the same!So I took it out this morning to clean it all🤢🤢 >>>>>>swipe for during- then after!#Imahincher #hinching #mrshinchmademedoit #hinchhacks #mrshinchhome #hinchyourselfhappy #homesweethome #homeiswheretheheartis #homeismyhappyplace #cleaning #tidying #decluttering #makingthehouseourhome #sahm #stayathomemamma #hinchhaul #minihinchhaul #washingmachineclean #beforeandafter #gross #dirtporn #disgusting

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And a fourth used mould and mildew remover to get the grubby seal on their door cleaned up.

They wrote: "Let it soak in and respray if not all gone, then run machine on a very hot wash as it's bleachy."

Before and after video on washing machine seal- still will need another go at but is miles better 🙌🏼🧼💗. #washingmachine #washingmachines #washingmachineclean #seal #damp #mould #removal #cleaningismytherapy #cleaningservices #kelsall #chester #cuddington #sandiway #tarvin

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