How to get rid of limescale in a washing machine: 3 simple ways

You can find effective washing machine cleaning products in your kitchen

One of the most common problems with washing machines is the heating element, which breaks down due to a large amount of salt deposits on it. Therefore, if you want your appliance to last longer, it is important to know how to clean the scale in your washing machine.

OBOZREVATEL has put together three recipes on how to do it effectively with the help of improvised means.

Citric acid

Acidic products help to destroy limescale, even old limescale, so ordinary citric acid can be very effective here. The amount of acid needed for cleaning can be calculated based on the maximum load of your machine - 20-30 grams of dry acid will be needed for 1 kilogram of laundry. So, it will take 100-150 grams of acid to clean a 5kg washing machine.

The product should be poured into the detergent tray and the empty machine should be switched on to the medium cycle with the maximum water temperature. In the middle of the cycle, when the drum is full of water, the washing will need to be stopped. Let the solution act on the mechanism inside for 2-3 hours. Then resume the cycle and add another rinse.


Another acid that effectively removes limescale is acetic acid. To clean your washing machine with it, take 1.5-2 cups of 9% vinegar. Pour the liquid into the powder tray and run an empty machine on a medium wash cycle with hot water. After the cycle is complete, run an additional rinse.

Vinegar and baking soda

To enhance the cleaning effect of vinegar, you can add baking soda to it - the substances will react and remove even the most stubborn limescale. First, mix half a cup of dry baking soda with the same amount of water. Add this paste to the detergent tray. Add a glass of vinegar with a concentration of 9% to the drum. Then select the medium cycle and high temperature again. After the cycle is complete, rinse the machine again.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told how to remove limescale in the toilet with aspirin.

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