Where would you be without your washing machine? The launderette more than likely. Ever since they became commercially available in a wide-scale, washing machines have become one of the white goods you need to have in your home, particularly if you have a family worth of clothes to clean week in week out.
As with anything, though, washing machines are only good if they are working properly. Just like any appliance or anything else for that matter in your home, you need to make sure it is cleaned regularly. Washing machines that are poorly maintained do not clean as well as they should and can actually start to develop problems. Bad odours, an unpleasant build-up of dirt and limescale leading to the filters blocking and then the machine breaking down is something you will undoubtedly want to avoid
The easiest way to keep your washing machine clean and in good working condition is to use a good quality washing machine cleaner. If you think it seems like an unnecessary expense, you should consider how much it might cost you to repair or even replace your washing machine if it breaks down because you haven’t maintained it properly or cleaned it regularly.
In the following post, we want to help you save some time and effort, by providing you with a guide to the best washing machine cleaners available right now. In addition to the top 10 cleaners we’ve selected, we’ve also included a helpful buying guide to make things even easier.
Top 10 Best Washing Machine Cleaner UK
The first washing machine cleaner we want to draw your attention to is by the highly reputable and very popular brand Dettol. With more than 80 years of experience under their belts and one of the leading brands involved in keeping homes clean and hygienic, there are not many companies out there who know more about killing bacteria and keeping washing machines clean than Dettol.
The reputation Dettol has is as a bacteria killer. It’s why so many businesses and commercial properties use their products to stay clean and hygienic.
Promoted as a 5-in-1 washing machine cleaner, this will kill bacteria (99.9% of all bacteria according to the label), stop bad odours and remove limescale and hidden dirt. The result is a machine with lasting freshness.
You only need to use it every two months and it can be put directly into your detergent drawer, so it is very easy to use. The really good thing about this particular cleaner is that it has been specifically designed to reach the spots other products don’t, those spots that you wouldn’t even notice need cleaning.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Easy to use and does not need to be used every wash
Combats odours, limescale, bacteria and more[/i2pros][i2cons]Not in eco-friendly packaging[/i2cons][/i2pc]
Next, we have another well-known brand that has a sterling reputation for producing products that are both easy to use and highly effective. Dr Beckmann is a part of the family-established and run ACDOCO and has spent 30 years working within the household, textile and laundry cleaning industry devising, formulating and producing high-quality products.
Their Service-It Deep Cleaning Washing Machine Cleaner is no exception and has been designed to remove up to 99.9% of bacteria and micro-organisms including MRSA.
As well as leaving your washing machine clean and ensuring it does the job it was purchased for properly, therefore, it also ensures that you and your family are safe from harmful diseases.
Much like the Dettol cleaner, you don’t need to use it regularly – just every 40 washes or 3 months will be enough to stay on top of the build-up of dirt.
The one thing we felt was worth highlighting about it is that you need to use it while running your washing machine at its hottest temperature.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Excellent value for money
Can help washing machine smell better
Made by one of the best companies in the business[/i2pros][i2cons]Only cleans the drum, not the drawer and parts further up the machine[/i2cons][/i2pc]
If you think this looks familiar, you’d be right. This is the same Dettol washing machine cleaner we’ve already featured, with one big difference – it has a nice and fresh scent. We know that not everyone is interested in their washing machine smelling of anything, be it nasty or nice.
For those of you that love that nice lemony scent that you often get in cleaning products, you’ll love this. It works just as well as the non-lemon fragranced cleaner. It kills off 99.9% of all harmful bacteria, removes limescale and all hidden dirt from the corners and other parts of the machine other cleaners don’t always reach and eradicates bad odours, leaving that nice lemon smell.
As you only need to use it every 2 months, it’s hardly very time-consuming and can be conveniently scheduled into your routine and lifestyle. Dettol has an enviable reputation, as we’ve already discussed, and this product is another great example of why they are such a trusted and popular brand.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Excellent 5-in-1 cleaner
Can be used every 2 months
Leaves washing machine with a delightful lemony scent[/i2pros][i2cons]Only a single-use container[/i2cons][/i2pc]
If you have a busy and full household with lots of people requiring lots of clothes washed regularly, then you need to take extra special care of your washing machine. That is where a product like the Washing Machine Cleaner tablets from SEGMINISMART comes in extremely handy.
Available as a pack of 15, each individual tablet boasts triple decontamination and active oxygen decontamination properties. The tablets have been developed to dissolve very slowly so that they last for the entirety of the wash cycle and it is claimed by the company that their formula is better than bleach for breaking up residue.
It doesn’t matter whether your washing machine is a top-loading or front-loading device, these cleaning tablets will work just the same with either. The great thing is, although you need to use it once a month to really get the benefit, it doesn’t require you to dismantle and disconnect your machine. You just need to add it and put your washing machine through a “clean washer” cycle (or whatever your brand calls it) and you are good to go.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Great for regular use
You don’t need to dismantle or disconnect machine to use it
Works slowly through the wash cycle, breaking residue up effectively[/i2pros][i2cons]Might be less effective in areas with very hard water[/i2cons][/i2pc]
Another great washing machine cleaner comes from a company called Dylon. This is a more simplistic product than others we’ve featured so far, but it is still highly effective and worth considering. If you live in a hard water area and have an ongoing battle against limescale build-up, this is an especially good product to invest in as one of its main properties is that it descales.
Like the others, this is very easy to use. You simply empty the sachet into the detergent drawer of your machine and then run the main wash cycle. It works best when the temperature is set to 60-degrees. In addition to the powder, there is a handy wipe that you can use to clean the door seal of the machine, where a lot of dirt and grime tends to build-up, as well as the outside and inside of the drawer.
You only need to use it every 3 months or once you’ve run 40 wash cycles, so it should not interrupt your life too much while keeping your washing machine clean and fresh.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Features a powder for the drum and pipes and wipe for everything else
Does not need to be used every wash or even week
Great for descaling[/i2pros][i2cons]Removes machine dye, but not when it’s underneath the drum[/i2cons][/i2pc]
If you have used the Dr Beckmann Service-It Deep Clean washing machine cleaner before and know it works well for your machine and with the water quality in your area, you may want to invest in this affordable option. This is the same great product that we’ve already featured, in a multipack form.
It kills off 99.9% of bacteria and micro-organisms, while also removing any nasty odours that may be building up in your machine and giving it the deep and thoroughly clean it deserves. Much like the single-use pack, you only need to use it every 2 months or 30 washes, whatever comes first to get the best results from it.
When you consider the bold claim that the company makes on the label that it will target and eradicate MRSA, can you really pass up on this?
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Money-saving multipack
Kills off 99.9% of bacteria including MRSA
Descales and removes odours[/i2pros][i2cons]Only cleans the drum, not the drawer etc.[/i2cons][/i2pc]
From a company that design and manufacture all their products right here in the United Kingdom, Cleenly, we next have their Washing Machine Cleaner and Descaler to discuss. This comes in a very big and economic-sized 5-litre container and has been formulated to provide a deep clean for your washing machine.
You just need to run a standard wash cycle with 100ml of this solution in the detergent drawer. It will do the rest – including giving the machine’s internal system a deep clean, getting rid of any slime, dirt, smells and most importantly, bacteria and will help keep all of those at bay and stop them from building up in the future.
What we especially like about this product is just how fast-acting it is. You don’t need to wait too long to see and smell the great results. As it is not just a cleaner, but a descaler too, it is perfect if you live in an area where the water supply to your home and washing machine is especially hard. You can say goodbye to blockages and any nasty odours and benefit from a longer-lasting washing machine in the process.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]2-in-1 formula tackles dirt, bacteria, odours, grime, slime and limescale
Can be used with just a standard wash cycle
Great value for money[/i2pros][i2cons]May take a few washes to get your washing machine back to as new condition[/i2cons][/i2pc]
Although JYW may be a lesser-known brand, their Limescale Detergent and Grease Remover is a great product that you should not be too hasty to overlook. It has been formulated to work with all makes and models of washing machines and as the name suggests specifically targets limescale and grease, two of the main culprits responsible for washing machines working less effectively and efficiently.
It does more though, as well as dealing with the build-up of detergent and grease and descaling, it also will lift any bad odours hanging around inside your machine. Once you have finished using it, therefore, you should have a clean, hygienic and very fresh smelling washing machine.
As a nice little bonus, and because it comes up so much in the Questions and Answers section of Amazon listings, the Limescale Detergent and Grease Descaler is suitable not just for washing machines, but dishwashers too. This may mean you can save a bit of money, as you won’t have to buy separate products to clean both appliances.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Works with all makes and models of washing machines AND dishwashers
Only needs to be used monthly
Easy to use powder sachets[/i2pros][i2cons]May still need to clean the rubber ring seal of the machine door and soapbox manually[/i2cons][/i2pc]
Are you a stickler for the rules and instructions? Do you own a Hotpoint washing machine and want to stay within the warranty and only use brand-specific products? While you may save money looking elsewhere, it can sometimes be just the peace of mind you need, spending that little extra on a product like the Limescale and Grease Remover.
This is available in a 24 x single-dose sachet packet and offers a total of 2 years’ worth of protection for your washing machine. This cleaning formula has been devised and developed to give your washing machine a thorough, deep clean and will clean the internal parts like the piping, pump and tub, leaving it as new.
It also has special properties that help to handle the build-up of detergent, grease and limescale. Three things that are known as washing machine killers. As well as Hotpoint, this product is also recommended by KitchenAid, Indesit, Bauknecht and Whirlpool, so it is not something you will want to skip past without giving it some serious thought.
As an added bonus, much like the product above, this can be used to clean and sanitise washing machines and dishwashers.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Comes recommended by many industry-leading brands
Excellent for removing limescale and targeting grease and detergent build-up
Official Hotpoint product[/i2pros][i2cons]Most expensive in our list[/i2cons][/i2pc]
Last but certainly not least in our list is this washing machine and dishwasher packet of 36 tablets from Ecozone. As the name suggests, Ecozone specialises in formulating eco-friendly products that are also cruelty and vegan friendly.
That means it cleans and freshens your washing machine (and dishwasher too, if you have one) while removing all of that nasty limescale build-up (if you live in a hard water quality area), without doing unnecessary harm to the planet. To top it all off, it will give your washing machine or dishwasher a nice and fresh scent of eucalyptus.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Vegan, Cruelty-free and eco-friendly
The refreshing scent of eucalyptus
Affordable packet[/i2pros][i2cons]The brand is not as well-known as others we have featured[/i2cons][/i2pc]
Best Washing Machine Cleaner UK – Buying Guide
As a helpful accompaniment to the list of products above, this buying guide will hopefully provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision when you are trying to invest in the best washing machine cleaner.
Important Features to Consider
There are many important features you need to consider when choosing a washing machine cleaner. Obviously, it needs to be effective and tough enough to clean the dirt, grime and other nasties you are looking to get rid of. However, you don’t want it to be so tough and even toxic that it damages or otherwise interferes with the important and sensitive components of the washing machine.
Some of the most important features you need to look out for are listed below.
Mildew and Bacteria Removal
Since your washing machine is used very frequently and the damp or at the very least, moist conditions in the kitchen or utility room where it is located, it is the perfect breeding ground and home for bacteria, mould and mildew. All of these are more than just unpleasant inconveniences, as they can have negative effects on the health and wellbeing of you and everyone else in your household.
At the first sign of these growths, you need to act quickly to get rid of them. Although most modern washing machines will kill off a certain percentage of bacteria and other nasties as part of the cycle, there has been a push recently to switch to cooler, more eco-friendly wash cycles. While better for the environment, they are not so good for killing the bacteria that is festering in your machine.
Look out for washing machine cleaners, therefore, that specifically target bacteria, mould and mildew removal.
The unpleasant odours emitting from it are the first signs most people notice that their washing machine may need a good clean. We all know the kind of smell we are talking about, don’t we? That wet socks, pungent fragrance. You may often find that clothes that have just been cleaned smell mustier and damper than they should.
As the problems noted above, such as mould, bacteria and mildew are the root cause of the odours, getting rid of them will get rid of the smells. There are, though, washing machine cleaners out there that also have odour-neutralising properties that are worth considering if you have an especially bad problem.
If your area has a very hard water supply, your washing machine may suffer more than those used in soft water households and areas. The biggest problem hard water can cause for your washing machine is the build-up of limescale. That’s that hard coating that builds up inside your washing machine. They are not hard to spot and can build up in and around the washing machine drum and connected pipes, also leaving an unpleasant residue on any clothes you wash.
It’s more than just the fact that it leaves that disgusting residue (although many would argue that that’s bad enough), but limescale can also affect how energy-efficient your washing machine is. Why go to all the bother of investing in an ultra-sophisticated and highly energy-efficient washing machine, if you are not going to deal with the limescale?
Fortunately, despite it being very stubborn and difficult to remove, there are washing machine cleaners that have been formulated to specifically target limescale and can dissolve it easily.
Hopefully, if you have stuck with us, you have more than enough information about what to look for in a washing machine and perhaps even have a product or two that you are considering. There is no reason why you need to struggle to keep your clothes clean by repeatedly washing them.,
Make time every week or month, or just some time regularly to give your washing machine the care and attention it needs. You will find that when you use the right cleaner, your washing machine is again the quick, easy and convenient machine it was when you first invested in it.