Washing machines work hard to keep clothes clean, but during this process they can fall victim to a buildup of mold and limescale. This is particularly the case of the drawer compartment, which usually houses cleaning products such as detergents, fabric softeners and stain removers. A lack of air circulation and moisture in the drawer makes it the perfect environment for black mold and mildew to grow.
Olly Cavner, essential life Resident Services Manager, exclusively explained to Express.co.uk the “most efficient” way to clean washing machine drawers without breaking the bank.
He noted that regularly wiping and cleaning this compartment is crucial to stopping mildew.
The longer the area goes uncleaned, the greater the buildup of mold.
Olly said: “The detergent drawer in your washing machine can get pretty gross if it’s not cleaned regularly.”
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Baking soda, the opposite of the pH scale, is alkaline.
As a base, baking soda dissolves organic compounds like dirt and grease, while also acting as a rental abrasive to clean without leaving streaks.
Once the paste has been added, it is then time to add the white vinegar to the drum of the washing machine.
The cleaning expert said: “Pour 250ml of vinegar (white is best) into the drum and run your washing machine on a 60 degree cycle.
“These two ingredients will work together to break down dirt and residue, as well as eliminate musty odors in the machine.”
Olly noted how much the two ingredients would cost to clean the drawer.
He said: ‘If you buy vinegar in large quantities it can cost around 60p per litre, compared to around £2 per liter if bought in smaller quantities.
“Wilko sells its own original Baking Soda at just £1.75 for 500g making it a cheap cleaning duo.”
Both of these items can also be used to clean washing machine drawers by hand.
First, remove the drawer from the washing machine and remove all removable items from the drawer.
Next, create a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar in a bowl of warm water and place the washing machine drawer and removable parts to soak.
After a while, any mold or dirt should have come off, so using a scouring cloth or sponge, clean all parts of the drawer.
Pay particular attention to hard-to-reach cracks and crevices, as well as the underside of the drawer.
Finally, rinse the drawer with clear, lukewarm water and let it dry before putting it back in the washing machine.