How to make your washing machine odourless

It’s another weekend and time to rest and also to take out time to put your home in order. This should be fun you know. Some of the things that top my list for a weekend is home cleaning and laundry. Now, washing machines should make you think of clean, fresh-smelling clothes giving the laundry area and your freshly laundered clothes a refreshing and comforting aroma, unfortunately, often this isn’t so. And the culprit is your washing machine.

Why does your washing machine stink?

A high-efficiency front-loader uses a lot less water than its top-load counterparts since they fill just the bottom of the wash tub with water. Since the drum rotates on a horizontal axis, your clothes tumble through the water, eliminating the need to fill the tub up all the way.

It’s all well and good if you use high-quality detergents, but when you douse your laundry with the wrong kinds of soap and softeners, the smaller amount of water can’t fully rinse them away. The drum ends up getting coated with a layer of soap scum, which is itself peppered with debris and dirt from your clothing. In the heat and damp of your washer, this scum makes a happy home for mildew, bacteria, and mould.

The stinky situation is even more complicated since front-load washers use a rubber door gasket to keep water from leaking out. Dirt, soap, and bits of fabric can get trapped under the gasket, creating yet another breeding ground for bad odours.

What do you do when your washer stinks?

Don’t condemn yourself to a musty, mildewy, sour-scented existence yet or throw out the front-loader-washing machine before considering this helpful tips that could help you eliminate that odour forever!

1. Bring out the baking soda.

Your first inclination may be to reach for the bleach, but it is better to use something a little gentler. Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with an equivalent amount of water. Add this solution to your machine’s detergent container.

2. Bring out the vinegar.

Pour two cups of white vinegar into the drum, then run a normal cycle at high heat without any clothes.

The baking soda and vinegar should break up any residue stuck to your drum and kill any mould that might be present. They’ll also help remove the foul odours.

3. Scrub stubborn spots

If stubborn spots remain, use the rough side of a kitchen sponge and a mixture of one part white vinegar and one part water to scrub the part.

Repeat this cleaning method once a month for maintenance.

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