You're Just Four Steps Away from Deodorising Your Smelly Washing Machine

Even your washing machine needs a good cleaning and deodorising to remove the unpleasant smell.

Updated August 28, 2019

You're Just Four Steps Away from Deodorising Your Smelly Washing Machine

After washing multiple loads, you might notice a musty smell in your washing machine. Don’t panic, this is usually due to lint and detergent deposits building up in the drum of your machine.

Worry not, here’s a quick fix.

 Run an empty load using hot water once a month to clear the product deposits. Also, clean the rubber seal of your washing machine’s door regularly.

Step 1:

Prepare a solution comprising ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water. Make sure you mix the solution well. Add this solution to your machine’s detergent container.

Step 2:

You need to pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the drum of your machine and run a normal load at high temperature. The high temperature will help kill the bacteria and remove all the dirt.

Step 3:

Scrub any remaining dirt or stains with the rough side of a sponge which has been dipped in a solution made up of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water. Cleaning the rubber seal is important, as most of the detergent residue tends to accumulate in the seal after each wash cycle.

Step 4:

To maintain freshness, use quality detergents made for high-efficiency washing machines. Keep the drum dry between cycles, clear the detergent drawer and lint filter and clean the gasket once in a while.

After every wash cycle, make sure you clean the excess water with a clean cloth to eliminate the dampness. Very often, dampness is a major cause of bad odour.

Take periodic care of your washing machine, and it will, in turn, take good care of your laundry.

Originally published August 28, 2019