How to remove mould from washing machine seals: ‘Cost-effective’ hack costs just 80p |

2022-09-10 21:23:46 By : Mr. Andy Yang

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Washing machine seals can often become built up with mould and debris if they’re not regularly cleaned. While most people may remove the debris by hand, there are alternative methods to keeping washing machines mould-free. Fans of cleaning expert Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared a “cost-effective” hack for removing mould from washing machines.

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The cleaning and lifestyle influencer has more than 4.5 million followers on Instagram and often shares her garden and home tips online.

Fans of hers have taken to social media in recent years to share their own hacks for solving common household problems.

On one such group, Facebook user Sophie T-Law asked Mrs Hinch fans: “Hi, what is the safest way to remove mould from the inside ring of the washing machine please?

“I clean the machine out monthly with Dettol machine cleaner but I’m finding it hard to remove the mould. Thank you.”

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Sophie’s post was inundated with responses but the most popular suggestion was to use soda crystals, either by themselves, or with another product.

Sammy Grossman said: “Astonish Mould and Mildrew works great then soda crystals. A bit of Zoflora on a hot wash works well for me too.”

Julie Ann Jackson simply replied: “Same here!”

Marilyn Wilkes wrote: “Soda crystals in every wash! Put it in the drawer!

“It cleans the washing machine and you use less powder or liquid detergent so it’s a win, win. I live in a hard water area.

“I always take out the drawer after every wash and dry it and I also dry the rubber seal at the same time! Very cost-effective for little effort!”

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Joy Madden commented: “Oh dear, you probably need to give the pipes a good clean too.

“Maybe try a hot long wash with soda crystals to try and flush it all out of the machine and then the regular maintenance as above. Hope you get rid of it.”

Soda crystals are a water softener and powerful multi-purpose cleaner that cost relatively little.

They should not be confused with bicarbonate of soda or caustic soda which can also be used in cleaning.

Dri Pak Fine Soda Crystals 1kg can be bought from Sainsbury’s for 80p.

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Wilko Original Soda Crystals are £1.50 for 1.5kg.

DP Soda Crystals are also available for just £1 from Morrisons.

Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using bleach, white vinegar and dishwasher tablets among other methods.

Fiona O'Flynn replied: “I put bleach on kitchen towel and let it soak for as long as possible.”

Joy Madden suggested: “I feel your pain! My old machine used to be prone to a build up like this.

“Was so annoying. In the end I found prevention better than cure.

“So I would wipe in between the rubber with a cloth to dry the left over water after each wash and leave the door ajar for a few hours after each use.”

Samantha Mercer commented: “White vinegar and bicarbonate of soda into a paste, leave it for a little bit and then scrub with a nail brush (not too hard though).”

Lisa Sansom replied: “Two dishwasher tablets on a 90C wash.”

Pauline Martin wrote: “Washing in low temperatures causes this.”

Gabrielle Cairns added: “Don't buy detergent made from animal fat.”

Linda Llone Hinchliffe said: “HG mould remover, spray onto cloth, wipe with cloth and wash clothes at 40°C or higher.”

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