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How to Clean Your Washing Machine Drawer

Learn how to clean your washing machine drawer with a step-by-step guide. Keep your laundry and washing machine fresh with Dettol.

How to Clean Washing Machine Drawer for a Fresher Wash

Maintaining a clean washing machine drawer is important for the longevity of your appliance and creating fresh washes on every cycle. 

As you know, the washing machine drawer is where you place the detergent before starting a cycle. According to the Express, detergent, fabric softener and residues can accumulate if not cleaned regularly, leading to a mouldy and unclean environment, breeding bacteria that can leave stains and nasty smells on your laundry. 

By simply removing and cleaning the washing machine detergent drawer, you can eliminate these problems, helping to maintain the quality of your laundry and prevent potential damage to the machine.

This guide will take you through an effortless step-by-step process of how to clean your washing machine drawer and which products to use, ensuring fresher laundry all year round.


Products to clean the washing machine drawer

- Dettol Mould and Mildew Remover Spray: This powerful spray is formulated to help remove mould and mildew, making it an excellent choice for tackling existing mould in your washing machine detergent drawer. 

- Dettol Disinfectant Spray: Thoroughly disinfects surfaces and kills 99.9% of lingering bacteria or odours.

- Dettol Washing Machine Cleaner: Designed to clean and maintain your washing machine, this cleaner effectively removes limescale, dirt, and residue that can accumulate in your drawer.

- Microfiber cloth: A soft and absorbent microfiber cloth is perfect for wiping and drying the washing machine drawer. Its gentle texture helps prevent scratches or damage to the machine.

- Non-abrasive brush: Use a non-abrasive brush, to scrub dirtier drawers. This will help dislodge any stubborn stains or residue without damaging the surfaces.


Step-by-step cleaning process

This section teaches you how to clean your washing machine drawer thoroughly

  1. How to remove washing machine detergent drawer:

    Start by unplugging the washing machine from the plug socket. This step is crucial for your safety. Refer to your machine's booklet for specific instructions on removing the detergent drawer. In most cases, you must press a release button or gently pull the drawer until it comes loose from its housing. Do not force the drawer; it should come away with minimal effort.

  2. Cleaning the drawer:

    Once the drawer is removed, begin by rinsing it with warm water to remove any loose residue or detergent build-up.

    Next, apply your Dettol Mould and Mildew Remover Spray to any areas affected by mould or mildew. Allow the spray to sit for a few minutes to penetrate and break down the mould. Then, scrub the drawer using a soft brush or cloth, paying extra attention to the mouldy areas. Rinse the drawer with warm water to remove the mould residue.

  3. Cleaning the compartments:

    Now it's time to focus on the compartments within the drawer. Spray the Dettol Disinfectant Spray into each compartment, ensuring complete coverage. Use the non-abrasive brush to remove any residue or blockages that may hinder the drawer from properly dispensing the detergent.

  4. Drying and reassembling the drawer:

    After the drawer is clean, it's essential to ensure the drawer is completely dry before reassembling it. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe away moisture and leave the drawer to air dry in a well-ventilated area. Once dry, carefully slide the drawer back into its housing, ensuring it is securely in place.


Washing Machine Maintenance and Prevention Tips

Proper maintenance is vital to keeping your washing machine drawer in excellent condition and preventing issues such as a mouldy washing machine drawer. Get more information on caring for your laundry and washing machine

By following the five tips below, you can increase the longevity of your machine:

  1. Regular cleaning routine: If you haven't already, establishing a regular cleaning routine for your washing machine drawer makes cleaning it easier. Aim to clean it at least once every three months to prevent the build-up of detergent residue, mould, and mildew.
    For safety and to prevent any damage to your device, always get expert advice before cleaning different parts of your washing machine. We offer comprehensive guides on how to deep clean your washing machine, cleaning a washing machine filter and cleaning a washing machine seal.

  2. Perform a maintenance wash: Running a regular maintenance wash cycle in your washing machine is beneficial. This involves running an empty cycle at 60oC and a washing machine cleaner like the Dettol Washing Machine Cleaner. This process helps remove any accumulated residue, odours, and bacteria that may be present in the machine. Refer to your manual for specific instructions on performing a maintenance wash for your washing machine.

  3. Wipe down the exterior: Besides cleaning the washing machine drawer, regularly wipe down the exterior. Use a damp cloth and Dettol surface cleaner to clean the surface, paying attention to any dirt, dust, or spills.

  4. Leave the door open: After each laundry cycle, open the washing machine door to allow the interior to air dry. This helps prevent the growth of mould and mildew, as it discourages the humid environment they thrive in. Additionally, it eliminates any stale odours that may develop over time.

  5. Check and clean the filter: Many washing machines have filters that trap lint, debris, and other particles that may have been left in pockets accidentally. Check and clean the filter regularly, as a clogged filter can hinder the machine's performance and potentially cause drainage issues. Refer to your machine's manual for guidance on locating and cleaning the filter.

Regularly cleaning and maintaining your washing machine drawer is essential to preventing issues such as a mouldy drawer and ensuring optimal performance. By following the step-by-step cleaning process, using effective cleaning products like Dettol Mould and Mildew Remover Spray, Dettol Disinfectant Spray, and Dettol Washing Machine Cleaner, and implementing maintenance tips like performing maintenance washes and checking the filter, you can keep your machine in tip-top condition.

For more information on cleaning your washing machine, visit the Dettol Expert Advice website. With a little effort, you'll enjoy cleaner laundry and the peace of mind that comes with a well-maintained washing machine.



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