Cleaning washing machine drawers: ‘No scrubbing’ method to remove ‘encrusted’ mould

That’s right, even washing machines can grow harmful black mold in the drawer and seal and need a thorough cleaning to keep them fresh and dry. When it comes to a washing machine’s detergent drawer, they can often become moldy due to a build-up of moisture. It doesn’t help that these narrow spaces are difficult to clean. So, what’s the best way to get your washer drawer sparkling clean without splurging on single-use cleaning supplies that might not even work? Well, the process is very simple and you can actually use any common household item to banish mold from drawers and seals, according to fans of cleaning sensation Ms. Hinch.

A woman went to Mrs Hinch’s special cleaning page on Facebook and was eager to ask how to remove mold from her washing machine drawer.

Lydia Jane wrote: “I thought I’d clean the washing machine drawer. It is currently soaking in hot water and washing machine cleaner, but the mold growth is quite stubborn to get off. Suggestions?

At first glance, your washing machine drawer might not look that bad, but once you remove the drawer and take a closer look, you’ll discover more soap scum and detergent buildup than you thought.

There are many reasons why mold can grow in the washing machine drawer, including excess detergent, which can cause soap scum that can get stuck and turn into mold. Regular washing at temperatures below 40 degrees can also leave some residue, which encourages the growth of mold and dirt.

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Roberta Scoobie commented: “I’ve found that the best way to clean moldy drawers is to put a cheap dishwasher tablet in the drawer and set the wash to 90. It should be nice and clean when you view it. No scrubbing required and amazing results.”

Sadie Allen said: “I always see so many tips recommending expensive cleaning products and hot water works just as well. You may have to add a dishwasher tablet, but that’s pretty much free and the easiest way.”

Ruth Girdler advised: “Take out your washing machine drawer and place it in your sink or a bowl filled with hot water and a dishwasher tablet. Let it sit for a few hours, overnight would be better, and the mold will be resolved.

Tammy Bradley instructed, “Take out the drawer (should be a little pushing area on the back of the drawer) and put in two dishwasher tablets once a month for cooking.”

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Andrea Rock said: “For my drawer I took it out and soaked it in hot water with a dishwasher tablet. Leave it on for about an hour and then rinse it off. It’s like new now.”

Ruth Emmott replied: “Put a dishwasher tablet on a 90°C wash with a dishwasher tablet in it. Then put white vinegar or soda crystals in the drum once a month and wash at 90 degrees.”

Karen Brogan wrote: “You should be able to get the draw out, it builds up quickly. I also started to put two dishwasher tablets in the drum and put them on a hot wash. It is awesome. It cleans everything inside and smells great.”

Chantelle Dunn commented: “I put a dishwasher tablet in my washing machine at 40C once a month. Breaks down any limescale that builds up around the seal and in the pipes, plus leaves it smelling fresh.”

Beverly Redmore added, “Dishwasher tablets on a hot wash if you have it.” Sam Truman-Ellis agreed, saying, “Dishwasher tablets are brilliant in a washing machine.”

Dishwasher tablets are designed to tackle hard water, remove stains and dissolve grease – so it should come as no surprise that they can be used to clean things outside of the dishwasher.

A pack of 30 dishwasher tablets can be picked up from Asda for £1.34. This works out to 4 pence per tablet. This cleaning agent can also be obtained from other large supermarkets, such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

To prevent washing machines from molding in the first place, fans of Mrs. Hinch suggested leaving the drawer open. Nicola Williamson said: “Always leave your washing machine drawer open as often as possible. This will help with much less mold and gunk.

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