Five Handy Hints to Keep your Washing Machine Tip-Top


A washing machine is one of the most useful home appliances we can own. We rely on our washing machines to keep our clothes clean, yet in order to keep them running, we must also perform some regular maintenance, so that they won’t break down.

If we don’t maintain our washing machines, then the clothes may not come out the cleanest or freshest after being washed, as they should do. Even worse is that the appliance could stop working altogether. If you follow these handy hints put together by our experts in Solihull, then you’ll be able to keep your machine running smoother for longer.

1. Stop the Build-up of Mould

There are simple steps we can take to keep our washing machine running and producing the freshest clean clothes after every wash. You should leave the door of the machine open to allow excess moisture to evaporate, and this will stop the build-up of bacteria. You can also give the rubber gasket a quick wipe down, which will also stop mould from developing.

2. Clean the Detergent Drawer

If we don’t clean the detergent drawer regularly, this can cause blockages, and our washing machines will no longer be as effective as they should be for cleaning our clothes. Firstly, remove the detergent drawer from the machine (this is always possible, with either top-loader or front-loader models). Then, soak it in warm water and remove any residue with an old toothbrush. Once you’ve completed cleaning it, spray the drawer with anti-bacterial spray to remove germs. You won’t need to clean the detergent drawer every time, only once in a while when it gets clogged up after a time.

3. Clean the Filter

Most washing machines have a filter, and this will be designed to stop further damage to the machine, but must be cleaned otherwise you will need washing machine repairs. The filter is likely located at the front of the machine, behind a small hatch, and it will collect everything, from lint to hair, coins, tissues, and so on. You can easily clean the filter by opening the hatch and then removing the things that are sticking to it.

4. Clean the Gasket

Before the next step of cleaning the drum, ensure you clean the rubber gaskets. The easiest way to do this is to scrub out any debris and then spray with anti-bacterial cleaner.

5. Clean the Drum

An unclean drum can also lead to a strange odour or clothes that are not washed properly. To clean the drum add one cup of vinegar and set it on a hot water cycle. This will disinfect the drum and should make it clean and free of any nasty smells.

If you have any questions about having your washing machine repaired, then please contact us on 0121 603 1000. A & A Appliance Care have 40 years’ experience mending broken appliances, and we’ll do our best to mend your machine. You can either leave your name, phone number, and email address on the form on the contact page of our website, or you can email us directly on and then we’ll get back to you.