How To Clean A Washing Machine That Smells

How To Clean A Washing Machine That Smells

How does a machine that is routinely filled with hot water, soap, and bleach become so smelly? Here are some pointers on how to clean a washing machine that smells.

Everyone has been there. There is an odor when you open the lid to pick up clothes. It’s really annoying and moldy and stale. How can the machine that can make even the worst socks smell like daisies – often filled with soap, hot water and bleach – have such an offensive stench?

The point is, despite the belief that the washing machine is a magical place where dirty clothes go and clean, shiny clothes come out, the washer is actually a source of scent.

This is because bacteria, mold, and mildew can grow in the warm, moist conditions of the washing machine, resulting in an unpleasant smell in the washer.

Luckily, if your washing machine starts to smell, it’s quite simple to stop the germs from growing and fix the problem. The way is to know about how to clean a washing machine that smells.

How Often to Clean a Washing Machine that Smells

How Often to Clean a Washing Machine that Smells

It is advisable to have it cleaned by an expert every few months. Before starting a cleaning session, use your washing machine’s “Service Wash” or “Tub Clean” mode, or the highest level.

Things to Consider Before Getting Started

Things to Consider Before Getting Started

Toxic vapors may be released when mixing cleaning solutions. Since the cleaning ingredients are used in two parts and are never mixed together, this deep cleaning process is safe. Before starting another cycle, be sure to clean the inside of the machine to get rid of any remaining bleach.

What You Need:

  • Clean cloth or paper towels
  •  A little toothbrush or cleaning brush
  • cotton swabs
  • pipe cleaners
  • Water
  • bleach
  • white cleaning vinegar
  • Baking soda (optional)
How to Deep-Clean Your Washing Machine

How to Deep-Clean Your Washing Machine

According to the experts at Bob Vila, this is the most effective way to completely clean, disinfect, and deodorize your washing machine.

  • Use vinegar to clean the door or lid of the washing machine. If you have a front loader, be especially careful about the gaskets and door seals as these are areas where dirt can accumulate. For narrow spaces, use a cotton swab dipped in vinegar.
  • Next, target detergent and bleach dispensers, which are often the source of foul-smelling standing water. Clean the dispenser and associated pipes with a pipe cleaner.
  • Add bleach to the tub (two cups for front loaders and four cups for top loaders). When the washer spins, use the highest temperature setting and stop it for half an hour. To remove all the bleach, restart the cycle and add an additional rinse cycle at the end.
  • Fill the empty washer tub with vinegar (two cups for front loaders and four cups for top loaders). Once again, run the washer on its highest setting, stop it for half an hour when it starts to spin, and then end the cycle.
  • Finally, use the “Service Wash,” “Tub Clean,” or “Hottest Wash” settings on your machine.
  • If the odor persists, clean and dry the filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
How to Clean a Washing Machine that Smells Without Bleach

How to Clean a Washing Machine that Smells Without Bleach

If you do not want to clean your washing machine with bleach, proceed to Step 3 above. Alternatively, fill an empty washing tub with vinegar (two cups for front loader, four cups for top loader) and run the machine at its highest temperature. Allow the cycle to end after pausing it for 30 minutes. Next, fill the empty washing tub with half a cup of baking soda, then run a second cycle on the highest setting.

How to Keep Your Washing Machine Clean Longer

The easiest way to avoid a smell building up (say) after washing a lot of laundry in a front-loading or top-loading washer is to leave the door or lid open for a few hours.

This will allow any remaining moisture in the door gasket and washer to dry. Pull the detergent drawer out a bit to let the remaining wet spots air dry as moisture also likes to stay there.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to remove clothes from the washer as soon as the cycle is complete. Drying clothes and the washer as quickly as possible will help avoid odors from wet clothes, which can promote the growth of mold and mildew by creating a humid environment.

How to Remove Hard Water Buildup

Limescale can build up in your washing machine, which attracts bacteria and stains clothes if your water is hard, that is, if it has a high concentration of certain minerals, including iron. Use water softening tablets built into the washing machine.

When to Call a Professional

When to Call a Professional

Another possible source of odor is improper drainage from the washer, which can cause water to accumulate inside the appliance and promote bacteria growth. Additionally, sewage odor may indicate a blocked drain standpipe. For any of these more involved solutions, consult an expert.

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