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Our washing machines must be cleaned just like any other appliance or corner of our home, although most people often disregard this fact. If you opened the door and a stagnant or unpleasant smell greeted you, it means that there might be bacteria or mildew that caused it. Fortunately, the next sections tell you what to do if your washing machine smells.
1. Temperature and Functions
Some washing machines might have a self-cleaning function that you can use. Alternatively, other models have automatic hygienic functions that are activated when you select a higher temperature. For example, if you choose to wash your laundry at 60 degrees, the washing machine uses this constant temperature throughout the entire cycle. This might help you get rid of the unpleasant smell or prevent it.
2. Commercial Washing Machine Cleaning Products
You can find plenty of options in different stores, such as OxiClean with odor blasters. Regardless of the brand you choose, all you need to do is add them to the usual liquid slot and start the washing program. You may throw in some cloth or rags you do not use to sweep the dirt inside the washing machine Consider choosing a higher temperature to kill any potential bacteria inside your machine.
3. Use Baking Soda
If you have baking soda, you can use it to clean your home. In the case of washing machines, combine a quarter cup of water with the same amount of baking soda. Pour the mixture into the appliance’s soap dispenser and turn on the usual washing program. The baking soda will help you remove the unpleasant smell.
4. White Vinegar
Another easy solution is to pour white vinegar into the soap dispenser. Run the usual cycle using a higher temperature. Keep in mind that you should not put any clothes inside.
For better results, you can combine vinegar with baking soda, which is highly efficient in killing bacteria. The main advantage of this solution is that it is much cheaper than purchasing commercial cleaning solutions.
5. Check the Rubber Seal
A possible source of the unpleasant smell is the rubber seal on its door. Bacteria and mold can grow in this damp, dark space. Combine mild detergent or vinegar with water and wipe it carefully so that you reach all the corners. Tap it dry with a clean cloth and leave the door open all the time when not in use. This ensures better airflow that will keep the mold at bay.
6. How to Maintain a Clean Washing Machine
Washing machines are an absolute necessity nowadays. Whether you do your laundry every day or every week, there are a few tips you can follow to prevent the foul smell from appearing once again.
You should consider cleaning your washing machine as explained above at least once per month. Make sure you remember to choose a higher temperature to eliminate all bacteria.
After you do your laundry, avoid closing the door. Leaving it open ensures better airflow and less humidity. Finally, take your laundry out as soon as the program is done. Leaving the damp clothes inside leads to bacteria and mold growth.