Did you know that over time, lint, debris, and other residues can accumulate in the washing machine filter? Did you even know that the washing machine has a filter? If your washing machine is leaving your clothes less clean than usual, and if the machine itself is starting to smell, it’s probably because the filter is either clogged or very dirty. There is good news! Cleaning the washing machine filter is super easy. Start today, and then put it in your monthly chore calendar to keep your washing machine doing the best job it can.
Before doing anything, unplug the washing machine.
Find the Filter
The washing machine filter is usually at the front or bottom of the appliance. Refer to your user manual to learn any tips or tricks that are specific to your washing machine. These days, all user manuals are available online.
Remove the Filter
With the washing machine unplugged and the filter located, it’s time to remove it for cleaning. Most filters can be easily unscrewed or unclipped by hand. However, in some cases, you may need a screwdriver or pliers to release the filter. Gently pull the filter out and place it on a towel, metal bowl, or plastic bucket to catch any excess water and debris.
Deep Clean the Filter
Start by rinsing it under running water. You may need to use an old toothbrush or soft brush to scrub away stubborn dirt and sludge or other buildup. You can also soak the filter in a mixture of warm water and mild detergent (15-20 minutes). This helps break down any grime.
Reinstall the Filter
After cleaning, carefully reattach the filter in the same position you removed it from. Once securely in place, plug the washing machine back in. Now you’re ready to do laundry again!