How to fix a smelly washing machine easily

Washer smelling funny? It’s time for a thorough cleansing

How to fix a smelly washing machine easily

When you’ve used a washing machine for long enough, mould, mildew and bacteria can build up in the piping and in the tub. The result of this is a musty odour that can be quite unpleasant. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to get rid of that nasty smell and get your washing machine back to its squeaky-clean condition.

In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to get rid of that smelly washing machine odour.

Common causes of a smelly washing machine

A smelly washing machine is a common problem many people face and there are several reasons your washing machine can emit an unpleasant smell. Here are some of the main culprits:

1) Dirt and soap build-up: Leftover soap residue or dirt can build up in the washing machine drum and create an unpleasant smell.

2) Mildew: If your washing machine has been left to stand for too long with damp clothes in it, mildew can easily develop in it, leading to bad odour.

3) Grease and oils: Grease and oil from clothing fibres like polyester can accumulate in your machine over time. This helps create a perfect environment for bacteria growth, resulting in an unpleasant smell.

4) Food particles: Small food particles can sometimes make their way into the detergent drawer or filter sock, leading to a bad odour over time.


How to clean your washing machine?

No one likes odour from their washing machine, especially when it’s probably leaving your clothes dirtier after a wash instead of cleaning them. Cleaning your washing machine is key to ensuring it does its job properly.

To tackle a smelly washing machine, start by running an empty cycle with hot water and a cup of white vinegar. This will help to remove smells and break up any dirt or soap residue that’s been left behind. Next, you can use a dedicated cleaning product designed specifically for washing machines or combine some baking soda with water to create a paste that can be rubbed into the bowl of your appliance.

Finally, don’t forget to clean the rubber gasket where dirt accumulates easily. Dip a cloth in soapy water, wipe around the gasket and rinse off with clean water. Then you can finish off by leaving the door open after use — allowing air to circulate and reducing any lingering odours.


Preventative measures to avoid a stinky washer

Clean regularly

Cleaning your washer regularly is one of the most effective ways to avoid bad odours. Set a schedule for wiping down all the internal components on a regular basis. This will help prevent soap scum, mildew and other materials from building up and causing an odour. Regular deep cleaning is also very beneficial.

Leave the door open

Ensure you leave your washer door open for some time after every round so it can air out properly. This helps prevent any moisture from being trapped inside, thereby avoiding odours.

Choose detergent carefully

When choosing a detergent, pick one that is specifically designed for high-efficiency machines if possible. This type of detergent is formulated to prevent residue from being left behind in your washer and creating an odour over time, although they may be more expensive than your current detergent.

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