Tips to clean smelly washing machine

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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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