How to descale a washing machine

One of the most dan­ger­ous ene­mies for a wash­ing machine is scale. If you do not fol­low the equip­ment, then scale can dis­able it. There­fore, you should not wash in hard tap water, and to soft­en it, you should use spe­cial addi­tives, such as Kal­o­gon. How to clean the wash­ing machine from scale if water soft­en­ers were not used dur­ing oper­a­tion and ordi­nary tap water was used?

Effective limescale removers

All man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­mend that con­sumers use qual­i­ty prod­ucts from well-known com­pa­nies to clean their equip­ment. These tips must be approached with full respon­si­bil­i­ty. If the prod­uct is too weak, then it will not help to remove scale in the wash­ing machine, and if it is too caus­tic, then the inter­nal parts of the machine may suf­fer. This review con­tains the best clean­ing prod­ucts for wash­ing machines.

  • mag­ic pow­er. This tool is made in Ger­many, and is one of the best for clean­ing auto­mat­ic type machines. Ger­man chemists have cre­at­ed a unique for­mu­la that makes it pos­si­ble to remove thick lay­ers of scale from all inter­nal parts of the wash­ing machine, includ­ing such a com­plex ele­ment as a heat­ing ele­ment. The prod­uct is sold in pack­aged form in 250 ml vials. The cost of one piece is 4 c.u.
  • Top­per 3004. Miele and Bosch rec­om­mend this prod­uct for clean­ing their equip­ment. This tool, pro­duced in Ger­many, has proven itself to be excel­lent for remov­ing limescale and dirt from the heat­ing ele­ment and oth­er inter­nal parts of the wash­er. Packed in 250 ml. This dose is enough to clean the machine twice. The cost of one bot­tle is 4 c.u.
  • Lux Pro­fes­sion­al. This sub­stance is devel­oped and pro­duced in our coun­try. It is used to remove scale in the wash­ing machine and in any oth­er elec­tri­cal appli­ances, includ­ing elec­tric ket­tles, dish­wash­ers, cof­fee machines, irons, etc. The com­po­si­tion of the prod­uct includes a spe­cial fra­grance, so after clean­ing the equip­ment will smell like lemon. Pack­ing — bot­tles of 500 ml. One pack­age is enough for four times. The cost is 3.5 USD.
  • Bork K8P. This tool is made in South Korea and is high­ly effec­tive. Packed in box­es of 4 bags, each of which is designed for one clean­ing. The sub­stance is poured into water, stirred and poured into the machine. The cost is 14 USD.
  • top house. Qual­i­ty Ger­man prod­uct at a not very high price. It can be used for any tech­nique in order to remove limescale. Packed in plas­tic con­tain­ers of 500 ml. One pack­age is enough for 5 clean­ings. The cost of pack­ag­ing is 3 c.u.
  • Anti­nakipin uni­ver­sal. Russ­ian devel­op­ment. Can effec­tive­ly remove scale from elec­tri­cal equip­ment and dish­es. The agent is poured into the pow­der tray. The mode in which clean­ing takes place is with pre­wash. Packed in bags of 100 grams. To clean the machine with high qual­i­ty, you need to fill up two bags. The cost of one pack­age is 0.2 c.u. The man­u­fac­tur­er also pro­duces a ready-made solu­tion, but it makes no sense to pur­chase it, because it is inef­fec­tive.

See also - Wash­ing machine care instruc­tions

Home remedies for scale

What actions to take if you urgent­ly need to descale the wash­ing machine, and you do not have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to buy a good clean­ing agent. In this case, it is worth turn­ing to “folk” means. There are many such reme­dies, but which ones are real­ly effec­tive? Let’s try to fig­ure it out.

  • Lemon acid. This is the most effec­tive home rem­e­dy for descal­ing. To clean the machine with cit­ric acid, take 200 grams of “lemon” and pour it into a pow­der cuvette. After that, the longest wash with a tem­per­a­ture of 60 degrees is turned on. After the end of the process, you should unscrew and clean the drain fil­ter and check if there are pieces of scale on the rub­ber cuff. Delete them. This makes it pos­si­ble to clean all the inter­nal parts of the wash­ing machine, includ­ing the heater. This is a very eco­nom­i­cal prod­uct, which is 200 times cheap­er than the cheap­est pur­chased prod­uct.
  • 9% Vine­gar. The vine­gar solu­tion effec­tive­ly removes thick lay­ers of limescale and dirt. To do this, a vine­gar solu­tion is poured into the pow­der cuvette, the longest mode is turned on with a tem­per­a­ture of 90 degrees. After wash­ing, turn on the rinse mode to get rid of the vine­gar smell. The “cons” of this clean­ing method include the spe­cif­ic smell that vine­gar has.
  • Coca Cola. This favorite drink of young peo­ple is used by crafts­men to clean radi­a­tors, pipes, and wash­ing machines. The ques­tion imme­di­ate­ly aris­es of what this “deli­cious” drink is made of. For clean­ing you will need 5 liters of Coca-Cola. Cola is poured into the drum and the soak­ing mode is turned on. Coca-Cola can also be cleaned with a heat­ing ele­ment removed from the type­writer.

clean with folk remedies

mechanical cleaning

If you want to qual­i­ta­tive­ly clean the inter­nal parts of the wash­ing machine from scale deposits, then you should use mechan­i­cal clean­ing. What are its ben­e­fits?

  1. When a part, for exam­ple, a heat­ing ele­ment, is removed and removed from the wash­er, it should be cleaned with high qual­i­ty. In this case, all the dirt will be accu­rate­ly removed from the wash­er. If chem­i­cals are used, then it is like­ly that pieces of scale will remain in the wash­ing machine.
  2. Dis­man­tling the units from the wash­ing machine, we simul­ta­ne­ous­ly check them, deter­mine wear and pos­si­ble mal­func­tions. Be sure to check the con­di­tion of the heater dur­ing dis­as­sem­bly, since this impor­tant part is prone to break­age. When dis­as­sem­bling, for pre­ven­tive pur­pos­es, it is worth chang­ing the hard rub­ber seals, which already per­form their func­tions poor­ly.
  3. After dis­as­sem­bling the machine, you can apply chem­istry. A heat­ing ele­ment removed and vis­it­ed in a cit­ric acid bath can be cleaned to the state of a new part.

Clean­ing the auto­mat­ic machine begins with the fact that it must be prop­er­ly dis­as­sem­bled. In prin­ci­ple, any man, hav­ing the appro­pri­ate tool and skills, can do this oper­a­tion on his own, with­out resort­ing to the ser­vices of spe­cial­ists. The time and effort you spend on dis­as­sem­bly will be deter­mined by how much you are going to clean your home assis­tant. If you intend to clean only the heat­ing ele­ment, then by remov­ing the back pan­el, you will solve your prob­lem. If you intend to descale the mov­ing parts of the wash­ing machine, you will have to dis­man­tle the tank.

mechanical cleaning

Care must be tak­en when dis­as­sem­bling wash­ing equip­ment. It is not rec­om­mend­ed to use a heavy tool such as a ham­mer, file, chis­el. Of course, you should not use a grinder or a sim­i­lar pow­er tool. For clean­ing, use fine sand­pa­per and rags. To com­plete­ly remove the scale from the heat­ing ele­ment, soak it in advance for sev­er­al hours in a solu­tion of vine­gar essence.

Now you know how to descale a wash­ing machine. And what kind of descal­ing agent for wash­ing machines to choose is up to you. Most impor­tant­ly, all pre­ven­tive work must be car­ried out reg­u­lar­ly. Oth­er­wise, after a while, you will have to spend mon­ey on repairs or on buy­ing a new wash­ing machine. Also, all man­u­fac­tur­ers of wash­ing machines rec­om­mend using Cal­gon with every wash. It pre­vents the for­ma­tion of scale on the heat­ing ele­ment and the wash­ing machine drum, and also reduces the hard­ness of the water, which con­tributes to more effi­cient wash­ing. Cal­gon — effec­tive pro­tec­tion of the wash­ing machine from scale.