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Let’s make Sheffield’s’ Washing Machines the Cleanest in the UK

by Suzanne Ridgeway, Apr 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Your Washing Machine


Here we have given a quick and easy guide to making sure your washing machine is in tip top condition and not only smells sweet and clean but has the added benefit of ensuring your washing machine keeps going longer.

Why should I clean my washing machine?

It’s amazing how quickly washing machines can build up grime mold, detergent and depending on the area you live in mineral deposits from hard water. The impact it can have is that over time laundry can be affected and appears dull and grey and worst case can even leave white streaks on dark clothes. Follow our quick and easy method for keeping your washing machine squeaky clean to avoid this.

How often should I clean my washing machine?

There are a number of factors which can influence how often you should clean a machine.

If you have the time once a month is fantastic but at a minimum we would recommend once every three months. Especially if you live in a hard water area which is were you have high levels of calcium and magnesium salts in your water.

How Do I know If I Live in a Hard Water Area?

Simply enter your postcode here to find out

How to Clean Your Washing Machine in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1 Add two cups of white cleaning vinegar to detergent dispenser.

Step 2 Run it through a complete cycle.

Step 3 Run another cycle on the highest level and at the hottest water temperature, this time adding one-half cup of baking soda to the drum.

Step 4 When cycle is done, wipe inside drum of washer with a damp microfibre cloth

Interesting Facts About Laundry & Washing Machines

  • The first washing machine was invented in 1782 by h Sidgier of Great Britain.
  • The first mass marketed electric machine was developed in 1908
  • The automatic washing machine as we know it today first appeared in 1937
  • Have you heard of the Sock loss index scientific formula? Some scientists believe that the humble washing machine is the culprit behind most of the socks we lose and developed a formula to figure out why this happens!
  • Ironing has been around a lot longer with flattening fabrics with hot pieces of metal was a technique which was first introduced in Ancient China
  • The ironing board or ironing table as it was known was invented in New York in 1858
  • In world war 1 a chronic shortage of fats to make soap led to the development of a synthetic type of detergent.
  • This synthetic detergent first went on sale in 1933 and was called Dreft
  • Did you know the average adult perspire about 6 litres of sweat a day. Half of which comes through their feet.
  • Plus, we typically sweat a litre every night.In addition our bodies produce 10 grams of salt, 40 grams of grease and sebum and 10 grams of dead flaky skin, the equivalent of 2 billion skin cells.  As a result each load of washing you do has about 53g of grime 

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