How to descale the washing machine? 4 tips for a scale-free washing machine

It is important to maintain your washing machine properly. Descaling the washing machine is an important part of that process. It is how you prevent a layer of limescale on the heating element. Limescale in your washing machine can lead to limescale on your clothes, a shorter lifespan of your machine, and a broken heating element. If you descale a washing machine regularly, you save costs. A machine with limescale takes longer to heat the water. In this article we share a number of tips for descaling the washing machine and keeping it scale-free.

The cause of scale in the washing machine


You get scale in yourwashing machine when water is heated. The scale particles in the water bond to the surfaces where heat and water come together. So, in a washing machine, scale occurs quickly on the heating element. The problem occurs particularly in areas with hard water. Hard water has a higher calcium and magnesium content, which means your washing machine is exposed to more scale. The formation of scale in your washing machine is a gradual process with nasty consequences. If you noticed scale in your washing machine, it is time to descale.

Descale a washing machine: 3 tips

Are looking for a good machine cleaner? Try our HG quick descaler. Various tips are shared on the internet on how to descale a washing machine. HG selected a number of tips. 

how to descale the washing machine1. Natural vinegar

Empty an entire bottle of natural vinegar in your washing machine. Then run a programme at 90-95 degrees. 

2. Soda

Empty your washing machine and put half a cup of soda in the drum. Then run a programme at 90-95 degrees. 

3. Dishwasher tablet

Put a dishwasher tablet in an empty drum and run a programme at 90-95 degrees.

HG quick descaler: easy and effective descaling of the washing machine

descale a washing machineThe above tips can help with descaling your washing machine, but they're not always effective and they can be messy. Descale your washing machine safely, reliably and effectively with HG quick descaler.

This is how you use HG quick descaler to descale your washing machine:

  1. Add HG quick descaler to the detergent tray. Use 100ml in soft-water areas and 200ml in areas with hard water.
  2. Run the shortest programme with a temperature of 60ºC.
  3. Switch the machine off halfway through the programme and wait 20 minutes to make sure the washing machine descaler works properly.
  4. After 20 minutes leave the machine to finish the programme.
  5. The washing machine is ready for use.
    • Use this cleaner at least once a quarter to descale your washing machine.

3 tips for preventing limescale in the washing machine

Descaling the washing machine is just one of those jobs. Descaling is essential to keeping your appliance in the best possible condition. You can influence the frequency. 

  1. Look at the label of the detergent and the dosage.
  2. Wash at a lower temperature of 30-40 degrees. 
  3. Use a water softener (a preventive solution).

Frequently Asked Questions about how to descale a washing machine

Why should I descale my washing machine?

Limescale in your washing machine can lead to limescale on your clothes, a shorter lifespan of your machine, and a broken heating element. If you descale a washing machine regularly, you save costs. A machine with limescale takes longer to heat the water.

How can I descale my washing machine?

There are various ways you can try to descale you washing machine. For example consider natural vinegar, soda and a dishwasher tablet. You can remove scale effectively with HG quick descaler

Which HG product do I use to descale my washing machine?

HG quick descaler removes limescale from the washing machine safely and effectively. 

How do I prevent scale in the washing machine?

You can prevent scale in the washing machine by adjusting the amount of detergent to the hardness of your tap water. You can also wash at a lower temperature or purchase a water softener.


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