A washing machine remains moist most of the times, due to which it becomes susceptible to moulds and mildew. The growth of these can make your washer smell nasty, as a result of which your clothes can also stink.
Worry not, use the following tips to keep that from happening.
1) Regular Care
One of the best things you can do to prevent odour in your washing machine is to let it air out. Remove wet clothes as soon as possible after the load is done. Wipe the glass and door gasket dry and leave the washer open allowing the interiors to dry.
2) Prefer Natural Cleaners
Natural household ingredients like white vinegar and baking soda will do the trick. Add 2 cups of hot water, 3 cups of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda directly into the washer and set it on the longest wash cycle. Once done, let it rest for an hour in order to absorb the dirt and then drain the water.
The vinegar disinfects just like bleach, but it's much milder. Its acidity also helps dissolve any soap residue in the washtub. Baking soda also cleans soap scum and helps get rid of the odour.
3) Clean the Washer
Clean the glass and door of your top-loading or front-loading machine weekly. Make a cleaning solution by mixing warm water and a gentle cleaner in a bowl. Use a soft cloth dipped in this solution to clean the machine. To clear grime from the dispensers or door gasket, use a toothbrush.
Just keep following these tips from time to time and you will never have to worry about those moist-mouldy smells, no matter how old or used your washing machine is!