It may be slightly puzzling that our cleaning appliances need cleaning themselves, but it’s the truth. If you want to your dishwasher, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, mop, broom and even your dishcloths to keep cleaning perfectly, you need to keep them clean as well.
Bosch appliances are known for their durability and quality functionality. It’s no wonder you have the Bosch fridge, oven, dishwasher and washing machine combo in your kitchen and scullery. But if you want your Bosch appliances to stay as good as new and constantly produce great results, you need to take good care of them.
Today we’ll be focusing on your Bosch washing machine and what you can do to take as good care of it as it takes of your laundry.
Clean it inside and out
This is an easy place to start. Whip out your cleaning supplies and start from the outside. Take care to wipe down the outside of your washing machine. You didn’t buy it just because it works like a bomb, but also because the style and finish on the outside make your laundry room an attractive one.
You want to protect the Inox finish on your machine. If you’re using the top of your front loader as a workstation, make sure you’re covering it with a towel when trying to remove stains off clothing before throwing it in the machine. And be careful of using sharp utensils on or around your washing machine as it will leave scratches and ruin the flawless aesthetic.
As for cleaning the inside of the washing machine, there are a few things to note:
- General cleaning: When you want to clean your washing machine, the first thing you need to do is run a hot cycle (empty load) with a little bit of vinegar, all-purpose cleaning detergent or bleach in the drum. This will kill bacteria and efficiently rinse out your washing machine. Check your washing machine settings as there are some Bosch washing machines that come with a drum cleaning programme for your convenience.
- Cleaning the drum: Then it’s time for a little bit of elbow grease. Take a damp washcloth and wipe down the inside of the drum. The above cleaning cycle will also do the job of cleaning the drum, but it doesn’t hurt to be extra thorough.
- Clean the seals: We may not realise it, but the rubber seals that allow the washing machine door to stay closed (on front and top loader machines) tend to build up mould and gunk over the cycles. Use white vinegar again to wipe down the seals and get into the nooks and crannies.
If you find your washing machine is starting to give off a bit of a smell, then it’s definitely time to give it a good clean. Otherwise, with your Bosch washing machine, it’s good practice to clean it this way about every two to three months.
Don’t forget the dispenser
Some of the Bosch washing machines on the market, such as the Serie 8 front loader, have a self-cleaning detergent drawer. But not all of them do, in which case, you need to clean it out yourself.
All it requires is hot soapy water and a toothbrush. Remove the tray from the dispenser drawer (or take out the entire drawer to make it easier). Then clean it properly with the soapy water and toothbrush, making sure that all traces of old washing liquid and powders are gone from all areas of the dispenser.
Check your Bosch appliance guide before you clean the dispenser in case there are any special care instructions, but it’s usually advised that you don’t use harsh detergents for the soap dispenser. If you don’t keep this drawer clean, you’ll probably end up with unsatisfactory cleaning results, odours and even blockages.
Leave the doors open
Unless you have the new Serie 8 washing machine with its Active Oxygen programme that gets rid of odours, an effective way to ensure three’s a no-odour build up in your machine, is to leave the doors open.
After every load of washing you run in your machine, leave the washing machine door and detergent dispenser drawer open. This will allow air to flow through and the extra moisture to evaporate instead of sitting in the drum and creating that unwanted damp smell.
Check your filters
Lastly, you need to check your machine’s filter. This filter is designed to catch random items that come from the laundry basket (fluff, coins and hair for example). But it can only do its job effectively if it has been emptied and is looked after.
To do this, you’ll need to unplug your washing machine and disconnect it from the water supply. Then it’s as simple as opening the service flap, letting the water run out (you may want to put a towel down for that) and unscrewing the pump cover and fluff filter. Empty it out if necessary and replace things back to the way they were and it’ll be good to go.
Be good to your washing machine and it will continue to make your life easier.