I took out the powder dispensing drawer and it the surrounding casing was black Is there an easy way to keep this clean? I've gone at it with a toothbrush and am running an empty cycle to rinse the machine. I suspect the rainwater harvesting tank which we use to do out washing doesn't help. But any advice would be welcome
I too have to get out an old toothbrush for this job now and then, i don;t think you'll ever prevent the build up, but you could reduce it by leaving the drawer slightly open between uses. the air can circulate and dry it out, rendering the environment less black stinky stuff friendly.
Grim isn't it? A toothbrush only goes so far I find (the bits where the water comes out of the actual machine gunge up too and can't take that bit out for cleaning). When I had the washing machine fixed (non related issue) the guy helpfully took it all out and cleaned it properly for me. But now it's starting to get manky again so watching with interest!
Dishwasher idea is a good one, will give that a try.
take out the drawer, spray "kitchen cleaner with bleach" onto all the black, especially the "ceiling" of the slot. Leave it for ten minutes or more, then scrun with a toothbrush. The bleach kills the mildew, and the spray is formulated to remove soap deposits and limescale that it lives on.
One way or reducing drawer grime is to throw the powder to the back of the drum, instead of putting it in the drawer. Less soap deposits means less for the mould to live on.
Leace the drawer, and the wm door, slightly open after use so it can dry out.
2) rarely, but it can wash off and into the drum and leave little black marks.
Incidentally, it doesn't seem to happen when you have a water softener (other opinions needed) which are better at dissolving things. Hard water also leaves limescale which is a rough surface that grime and mould can cling to.