Every household appliance needs to be cleaned once in a while. Washing machine cleaning could be one of those cleaning task which does not make sense but you have to do it. But you have to know that the dirty laundry can make your washing machine smell awful and also can get stained. These odours and stains can be transferred to your next laundry.
The design of the front washing machine is a premise of mould, because of the rubber gasket that lines the door. Also the detergent which you use can build up residue and this residue can make your washing machine to have a bad smell. So, the regular cleaning is really important. Not only because if you clean your loader regularly you will spend time for deep-cleaning, but also because this cleaning routine will keep your cloths coming out clean.
Once your washing machine starts smelling awful, its time to clean it up. There are few reasons of the smell.
First reason is mildew. Because of the fact that your washing machine is prefect hiding place for mould. Then you really need to use bleach to get rid of it. Make sure that you have some gloves on and keep the doors open or turn on the fan for ventilation.
- Start by diluting one part of bleach into one part warm water.
- Then wipe down the whole rubber seal with a clean towel soaked in the solution.
- Inside the seal is the place where most of the mould would be, so pull back the rubber seal to clean inside.
- If there is still mould remaining, soak a towel with your bleach solution, shuffle it into the seal, and leave it for 30 minutes or more if it is needed.
- After this, remove the towel and scrub the seal gently with an old toothbrush.
- Wipe down the rubber seals with a clean dry towel until no residue remains.
- When you are done, place all of the rags that have come in contact with the bleach into your washing machine and run them through a complete wash and rinse cycle on the hottest setting.
Next reason, when you remove the detergent dispenser there could be a lot of hair and laundry detergent. To remove these residues follow the next steps:
- Wipe down the inside of the washing machine as well where the detergent dispenser goes.
- Then using a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water clean the detergent dispenser.
- Rinse it thoroughly.
- Leave it dry completely before to put it back.
If these places are clean, but your washing machine still smells awful you can try this simple method:
- A cup of white vinegar put into the drum of your washing machine and set it for a hot or sanitising cycle, this will help for your washing machine sanitising.
- Leave the cycle to finish.
- Open the door and let the drum dry.
- If there are still bad odour and residue, you need to repeat the process.
- Finally, wipe the gasket of your washing machine by a damp towel, be careful when you lift the gaskets away from the metal. Because there is possible to have any residue.
- Wipe the surfaces of your washing machine.
How to keep your washing machine smelling fresh and being clean?
- You should use enough detergent, not more.
- Before you put soiled clothes into the washing machine you have to rinse off the dirt from them.
- Leave the drum dry between washing loads.
- Set your washing machine on sanitise cycle with one cup of white vinegar or baking soda on the drum one a month. This will remove any build-up that has already occurred.