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How to clean limescale in a washing machine: three proven methods

Alina MilsentLife
What to use to clean limescale in a washing machine

Limescale is formed by the accumulation of calcium and magnesium salts on the surface of the plumbing or inside the washing machine. When lightly soiled, it appears as a thin white layer, and when heavily soiled, it manifests as thick, coarse deposits.

Hard tap water, containing a significant amount of salts and lime, can cause irreparable damage to the washing machine when combined with accumulated limescale. Scale forms on all internal mechanisms in direct contact with water, gradually impairing the appliance's functionality. OBOZREVATEL has explored how to describe the washing machine inside.

Citric acid

When hard water is heated, substances precipitate and accumulate on surfaces, forming limescale. Citric acid is the most effective solution for its removal. Proportions depend on the degree of contamination. For barely noticeable scale, one pack is sufficient; for thicker deposits, up to six packs may be needed. Pour the acid into the detergent container, then initiate an empty wash cycle with a long duration and high water temperature.

Soda and vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar react effectively to break down limescale, providing an additional benefit of high-quality drum disinfection. Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with an equal amount of water and pour the mixture into the detergent compartment. Subsequently, pour vinegar directly into the drum. Select the highest temperature and longest wash cycle, and start the washing machine without clothes inside.

Chlorine bleach

If home remedies prove ineffective, opt for chlorine bleach. The amount required depends on the level of limescale, with up to 1 liter of bleach poured into the drum. Follow the standard procedure: initiate a dry wash with the longest cycle and highest temperature. Rinse the machine thoroughly to remove chlorine residues by running an additional wash without clothes for 30 minutes.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you what things should not be washed in the machine on the fast cycle and why.

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