A Mrs Hinch washing machine cleaning tip has been going viral online lately, and this time, the cleaning guru-inspired advice isn't about cleaning the drum or rubber band around the door. It's the dreaded mouldy washing machine tray that's taken the spotlight: yes, that awkward bit with all the tiny nooks and crannies that seem impossible to clean.
There's been many a time we've despaired about washing machine trays (and the area they go into inside the machine) – why, oh why do they make them from plastic that just seems to absorb gunk and mould like a sponge? Even the best washing machines aren't exempt from suffering from mould growth on trays.
Fear not: the solution is super easy, and will cost you very little. You don't even need a professional product to tackle this area of the washing machine. You'll just need:
- An old toothbrush;
- Baking soda
- A container
Simply mix the baking soda with the vinegar, and you'll get a nicely foaming cleansing agent. Then, take out the washing machine detergent tray, and give it a wash with washing up liquid and hot water, to get rid of the dirt in the most obvious places. You can also soak it in dishwasher liquid for a few minutes.
Now the real fun begins: dip your toothbrush in the vinegar and baking soda and clean all hard to reach areas. Do the the same to the inside of the washing machine where the tray goes in. Afterwards, run a hot service wash with detergent, but without any clothes in. Voila, your washing machine tray area is clean and hygienic.