Washing machines remain moist most of the times, due to which they become susceptible to mould and mildew. The growth of these can make your washer smell nasty, as a result of which clothes can also stink. Here are some easy ways to keep that from happening-
1) Regular washer care
One of the best things you can do to prevent odour, 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 then leave the washer open so the interior can dry.
2) Monthly Bleaching
To keep your washer clean and free of odours, run an empty load using hot water and 2 cups of chlorine bleach in the soap dispenser once a month. The heat and bleach water kills germs and removes any detergent build-up in the washer and soap dispenser.
3) Prefer Natural Cleaners
If you choose natural cleaners, household ingredients like white vinegar and baking soda will do the trick. The vinegar disinfects just like bleach, but it's much milder. Its acidity also helps dissolve any soap residue in the wash tub. Baking soda also cleans soap scum and helps remove odours.
4) Cleaning the washer
Clean around the glass and door of the machine weekly, using a soft cloth dipped in warm water and sprinkled with a non-abrasive cleaner. Use a toothbrush to clean any grime from dispensers. A toothbrush also can come in handy to clean mould and mildew from the gasket around the door of a front-load washer.
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!