Washing machine filter: 3 convenient ways to clean it without flooding the floor

by Mark Bennett

July 01, 2023

Washing machine filter: 3 convenient ways to clean it without flooding the floor
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One of the basic steps in washing machine maintenance is a thorough cleaning of its filter, which must be carried out frequently. The more often the appliance is used, the more frequently it will be necessary to clean the filter. Usually, it is recommended to do this three or four times a year, but if you often wash heavily soiled or pet-hair-covered items, then it is worth checking the filter a little more often.

It's not a difficult operation, but it's a bit awkward due to the typical position of the filter. This is an inconvenience which, however, can be made easier by following these steps:

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  • The plastic bottle tip: One of the most popular tips listed online is the one that involves using a plastic bottle. Usually, the filter is usually located at the front, bottom (left or right side) of the machine. Before opening the housing and unscrewing the filter, cut off the neck of a regular plastic bottle and position it under the filter housing, ready to collect any water that pours out. For greater safety, always place old towels or dishcloths on the floor to absorb any water that escapes.
  • A tray: if you have some plastic trays with low edges at home, you can use them in the same way as above. First put some rags on the ground and then place the tray under the filter outlet, so that it collects any  water as it pours out.
  • Similarly, you can use plates, trays and any container that can fit comfortably under the filter's housing.

As for cleaning the filter itself, have a basin ready with hot water and a little white vinegar and soak it (thereafter, removing any residue dirt by hand). Don't use too much vinegar or for too long, as it could ruin the rubber seals or plastic parts. Alternatively, you can use hydrogen peroxide instead of vinegar. Also remember to clean the filter housing itself thoroughly - which often gets dirty with hair, fur and other dirt (including mold). When you have cleaned and dried off everything, put the filter back in. And your floor will not be flooded either!

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