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Easy cleaning hack to rid washing machine drawer from mould leaves it 'spotless'

Aug 10, 2023Aug 10, 2023

If you've got a black slime-like build-up in your washing machine, you may be concerned about how to remove it and not know the best way - but Mrs Hinch fans came to one woman's rescue

Sometimes, it can be all too easy to overlook tasks that may seem thankless when giving your home a deep clean - but often these chores are the most important to complete. If you've noticed that your washing machine has a black slime-like substance inside the drawer where your detergent and softener go, now is the time to tackle it. It may seem simpler to just avoid it and hope it goes away - but it won't.

The black slimy bits can be a gross build-up of bacteria, grease, and mould. Over time and without regular cleaning, your washing machine can get clogged up with leftover detergent and other debris, which will then become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mould to spread - and when it's in your washer, it's not ideal.

Thankfully, fans or Mrs Hinch - aka Sophie Hincliffe - have found a simple hack for tackling this dreaded job.

In the ' Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips ' group on Facebook, someone needed advice about the black sludge in their washer. they wrote: "Hi, I am looking for some help. How I can clean this out it the drawer inside my washing machine?"

The picture she posted showed her washing machine drawer with a black residue inside.

Mrs Hinch fans came to the rescue as they offered their advice - and a popular response was to use a combination of white vinegar spray and a toothbrush to scrub the muck away.

One said: "I spray white vinegar in there, leave it for 10 mins then use a bottle brush to clean off the mould then spray with a water sprayer to rinse."

Someone else wrote: "I use white vinegar in the draw on every wash and it keeps it clean."

Another suggested: "Buy a cheap toilet brush and use that instead of a toothbrush…it makes the job so much easier to scrub the top bottom and sides all at the same time - it’s perfect for the job with the long handle!"

Others recommended Astonish's mould and mildew spray alongside a toothbrush to 'get in all the nooks and crannies'.

How would you clean your washing machine? Let us know in the comments.

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