How to stop your washing machine smelling bad

How to stop your washing machine smelling bad

Have you ever opened your washing machine to put a wash on and been hit with a horrible smell? Here are the best ways to stop the stench and keep your laundry fresh.
Regular jobs

1.      Leave the door of the machine open when not in use to allow air to move around the drum and prevent mould growing from any excess water.

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2.      Wipe the rubber seal, ideally after each wash. Use a clean microfiber cloth with washing up liquid and warm water and remove any mould or dirt with an old toothbrush.

3.      Clean out the detergent drawer. This can be completely removed and soaked in warm water, again using a small brush to remove any black dirt. If it persists, you could use a solution of baking soda and water or white vinegar.

4.      Regularly do a hot service wash. Good Housekeeping recommends running an empty hot wash every month to stop mould and bacteria forming. You could also use a washing machine cleaner product.

Call the professionals

If you’ve done all of the above and the smell lingers, it could mean that there is a blockage somewhere in the standpipe. A drain unblocker can be used to clear it, but if the blockage is severe, you may have to call in a plumber.

To avoid problems like this, you could consider installing drain lining, which prevents cracks and leaks. If you are looking for drain lining Gloucester there are several specialist providers such as who can offer advice.

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Regular cleaning of your washing machine will not only help prevent mould and bacteria that can cause musty smells, but it will also prolong the life of your machine. So, it’s worth investing a little bit of time every month for cleaning maintenance.

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