Don't ever forget to clean this filter: It could ruin your washing machine

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.01 - 2023 7:23 PM CET

Photo: TikTok
Photo: TikTok
It could ruin your washing machine if you forget it.

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Many are unaware of the importance of cleaning a specific filter in their washing machine, a fact highlighted by a recent video shared on social media. The video, which has garnered significant reactions, reveals that many people didn't even know this filter existed.

While most are familiar with the need to clean the lint filter in their dryer, the washing machine's filter often goes unnoticed. Ideally, this crucial filter should be cleaned at least four times a year.

The video from TikTok user @brunchwithbabs has educated many about the existence and importance of this filter. (Video can be watched at the bottom of this article)

Neglecting to clean the filter can not only shorten the lifespan of the washing machine but also affect the efficiency of the wash. Loose objects from the laundry can also end up in the filter, as shown in the video. The woman shares a personal anecdote of finding a lost, but now very clean, gold bracelet in the same filter.

Comments on the video reveal that many users were unaware of the filter's existence, while others share their experiences of cleaning the admittedly unpleasant filter.

One user recounted an incident where failing to properly reattach the filter led to water damage in their kitchen due to an overflow from the washing machine.

Another user humorously commented on their fear of what the plumber might have found when replacing their old washing machine.