My washing machine and dishwasher are essential items in my house – both of them feeling like they are in almost constant use at time. The thought of either of them breaking down is enough to leave me in a cold sweat. I know that cleaning and limescale removal are both important in helping prolong the life of them both and was recently sent some products from Dr. Beckmann to help do just that.
The Service-It washing machine cleaner is designed to give your washing machine a thorough clean, boasting an ability to kill 99.9% of micro-organisms and bacteria. The first step is to pour some of the liquid on to a cloth to clean the door seal of the machine. I have to say, I didn’t think mine looked that grubby but I was quite horrified at just how dirty the cloth was afterwards!
Next, I diluted 50ml of the liquid in 4 litres of water and soaked the detergent drawer for 30 minutes to clean it and hopefully remove some of the build-up of detergent. Whilst it didn’t manage to get rid of all of it, the drawer was much cleaner afterwards. Finally, the rest of the solution went in the detergent drawer before running the machine on a 60°C wash. The washing machine certainly looked and smelled cleaner afterwards!
The Service-It Deep Clean for washing machines works in a similar way although without the first two steps. This is a powder rather than a liquid and is poured directly into the drum before running a 60°C wash to clean the machine.
The Service-It Deep Clean for dishwashers is also a powder, which is poured into the detergent drawer of the dishwasher, with the excess sprinked on the floor of the dishwasher before running a hot cycle. There is also a wipe included for cleaning around the door seal and the outside of the dishwasher. The wipe removed the built up grime on the door easily and the dishwasher was sparkling after its deep clean.
Limescale build-up can occur in washing machines and dishwashers and can make them less efficient and result in damage to the pipes and elements. The Service-It Power Descaler can be used in either the washing machine or the dishwasher to help remove limescale build-up. There are two sachets of powder in the box. One sachet of powder is enough to clean a dishwasher or a washing machine with a capacity of less than 4.5kg. As my washing machine has a larger capacity than this, I used both sachets which were poured directly into the drum before running a 60°C wash.
The final product I received was the Colour & Dirt Collector Sheets which can be used to help prevent colour runs when washing mixed colours. There are thirty microfibre sheets in the box and each sheet can be placed in the back of the washing machine before loading to attract stray colour and dirt in the wash. The colour and dirty then locks on to the sheet, preventing clothes from becoming accidentally dyed pink or grey. It’s particularly useful for items that are a mixture of colours – clothes with dark stripes, or brightly coloured patterns. I tried them in a reds/pink wash and with a dark wash and was quite surprised at just how much colour ended up on the sheet. I was quite glad to see that the colours on the clothes themselves stayed the same – with none of the white bits ending up pink or grey.
Overall, I was impressed with all of the different products I used, especially the Colour & Dirt Collector Sheets which I will certainly be using again – especially with clothes that have a mixture of dark and light colours.
I have one set of Dr. Beckmann washing machine and dishwasher products to give away to one of my readers. You can enter the competition by filling in the Gleam form below. The competition is open to UK entrants and ends on 7th June 2016 at 11.59PM. Good luck!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary set of Dr. Beckmann products for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.