How to Clean a Washing Machine with Soda Crystals

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Do you use liquid detergents and wash at a low temperature? Then you are at risk of dangerous bacteria in your washing machine. The main culprits are E. coli and Staphylococcus Aureus, which can cause skin abscesses, furuncles, and cellulitis. 

The best way to avoid these dangerous bacteria is simply to clean your washing machine. It’s really simple and can be done monthly. 

Monthly  Cleaning

Soda Crystals are a great way to keep your washing machine clean. 

  1. Place 500g soda crystals in your washing machine drum 
  2. Run empty on a hot cycle 
  3. Clean out your soap dispenser. This whole cassette is removable and can be washed under the sink. 

If you live in a very hard water zone, you will want to clean with the soda crystals every fortnight. 

Each Wash 

Alternatively, you can also use soda crystals in each wash. 

1. Place soda crystals in the drum 

                     Normal water:   30g 

                     Hard water:       40g 

2. Place dirty clothes in the machine 

3. Start your usual washing cycle 

Soda crystals help soften hard water, and that prevents limescale buildup within your machine. The soda crystals also help with cleaning your clothes. This is a much better alternative to borax. 

If you have a lot of stains on your clothes, try using a stain remover like Oxi Boost or Vanish. This will help lift the stain before washing and give you the best chance of removing the stain entirely. 

Another option to help reduce limescale is to swap your fabric softener for vinegar. This keeps your clothes nice and soft and helps to remove limescale from the internal parts of the washing machine. 

You have probably seen a lot of other posts recommending different products to clean your washing machine but I have found soda crystals to be the best for UK washing machines and water. 

Do you know which washing machine detergents drawer is for the fabric softener?


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