Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Advice -


Af­ter each use, wash out the fil­ter – twist and pull out to re­move, then clean with a so­lu­tion of wash­ing-up liq­uid. Once a month, re­move the spray arms and clean them in the same way. Use a tooth­pick to re­move de­bris from the holes in the arms. Put a cup of white vine­gar on the top rack and run the ma­chine on its hottest set­ting. To ban­ish bad smells, sprin­kle a few ta­ble­spoons of bi­car­bon­ate of soda on the bot­tom of the ma­chine be­fore run­ning a load.


Clean reg­u­larly, pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the de­ter­gent drawer and door seals. For a deep clean, pour a cap­ful of neat bleach into the drawer and run the ma­chine empty at 60°C. You can also use di­luted bleach to clean the door seal. Leave the door open be­tween washes, as it airs the ma­chine and pre­vents mould.


For a bag­less ma­chine, empty the can­is­ter af­ter each use. For bagged ma­chines, re­place the bag when it’s one-third full. Clean the fil­ter by shak­ing out dust and build-up – do this out­side or you could end up in a dust cloud! If the fil­ter is wash­able, run un­der luke­warm wa­ter and al­low to air dry for at least 24 hours. Fi­nally, make sure the brush is free of hair.


For tra­di­tional mops, wash in hot wa­ter with a lit­tle wash­ing-up liq­uid. Squeeze out and air dry. If your mop has a de­tach­able head, put it in the wash­ing ma­chine. Never leave your mop in wa­ter: make sure it’s dry be­fore putting it away.

Keep clean­ing tools spick and span

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