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REVEALED: The little-known part of your washing machine you need to be cleaning every three months

REVEALED: The little-known part of your washing machine you need to clean every three months

  •  An Australian mum has revealed how to keep your washing machine clean
  • She showed off the maintenance task forgotten by many – filter cleaning
  • This should be done every three months, but people were shocked by that news

An Australian mum has shared her method for keeping her washing machine running at peak performance – and the simple task takes just minutes.

The machine’s filter and pump need to be cleaned every three months, according to Carolina McCauley – a mum well known for sharing cleaning hacks online.

The Brazillian born West Australian mum made a video on Instagram recently showing how she cleans the parts in her own machine.

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An Australian mum has revealed the little-known trick to keep your washing machine at peak performance – and the simple task takes just minutes

‘Do you know you need to clean your washing machine filter and pump every three months?’ she asked. 

To clean the machine, you simply need to open the hatch at the base of the machine, put a bowl down and drain the pipe inside.

‘Please tell me I wasn’t the only person that didn’t know about this? I expected something civil like the video but considering I’ve had my washing machine for five years and never cleaned it like that,’ one woman said, admitting hers was disgusting.

‘Definitely didn’t know this. I’m scared to see what comes out now,’ admitted another. 

‘Might just get a new one instead,’ laughed another.  

The machine's filter and pump need to be cleaned every three months, according to Carolina McCauley - a mum well known for her cleaning hacks

The machine’s filter and pump need to be cleaned every three months, according to Carolina McCauley – a mum well known for her cleaning hacks

The filter and pump should be cleaned every three months - most people said they had never cleaned theirs

The filter and pump should be cleaned every three months – most people said they had never cleaned theirs

But some people have struggled to do the task as elegantly as the famous mum. 

‘Mine doesn’t have a pipe to empty the water, it just bloody spills out like a waterfall,’ one mum said. 

‘Me too,’ one mum said, frustrated. 

Others also found their machines operate differently. 

‘Oh … if it was only that easy. For my brand new Maytag stacker, I had to do the following: unstack machines, remove top cover from washer, remove detergent dispenser, disconnect and remove electronics, remove door, remove front panel,’ one said.

The mum washed the filter with warm water to clean it

The mum washed the filter with warm water to clean it 

Before she puts it back into the machine she wipes out the hole with a microfibre cloth

Before she puts it back into the machine she wipes out the hole with a microfibre cloth

‘All this because Maytag decided the best spot to put the filter would be in the front, and under the drum. They claim that people did not want a little door to access because they wanted a clean and stylish look on the front of their machines. 

‘I say it’s a money grab, if my teen had not helped me, it would have been an easy $350+ for a repairman to do the same.’ 

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