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Washing machine is not cleaning clothes properly

Washing machine is not cleaning clothes properly

There can be nothing more frustrating that getting your clothes out of the washing machine to find them still dirty. Often this is due to inadequate preparation before they went in the washer but sometimes it can be cause by the appliance not cleaning clothes properly.

Useful Tips
The detergent drawer of the appliance can become clogged up with residue and general grime that causes the connection between the drawer and the appliance to be blocked.

If detergent isn’t reaching the machine then it could definitely be a major factor of not cleaning clothes properly and therefore leave stains and smells on the clothing. Every so often you should remove the detergent drawer and give it a good clear out.

The best way to tell if it is the appliance or not is to try and use a different machine and see if it makes a difference. Try to remember when the problem began and make a note of whether it is getting better or worse as time goes on. A washer that is not working correctly might be an intermittent problem so making a mental note of what is going on is a good idea.

Detergent drawer

detergent drawer

If after you’ve eliminated other causes such as too little detergent or a permanent stain your appliance is still not cleaning clothes properly then it could be time to take a different approach. Similarly your appliance could be simply too dirty to make the clothes clean! Just like the detergent drawer any washer can become too clogged up inside the various parts that it stops working at its best. This can cause a smelly drum and won’t leave clothes clean and fresh. Using a washer cleaner product and following the instructions could get your machine back to normal. In general using less detergent in a wash could prevent build up as well as using a laundry machine cleaner more regularly.



Using your appliance incorrectly is another major factor in it underperforming. A machine that is not cleaning clothes properly is a surefire sign that a machine is overloaded, washing things that are inappropriate for the machine eg trainers/shoes or using the wrong programme for the machine contents. A thorough read of your manual will educate you in the proper use and the various different programmes to suit different fabrics or loads.

A useful tip: Do your freshly washed clothes smell bad? Just follow these steps to clean a washing machine that smells mouldy.

If you are still having problems with the washer then it is probably worth calling out a reliable engineer like WM Repair Services. Our professional staff will come out and evaluate what is happening with your appliance and do various checks to see if the problem can be resolved.

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