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Why Does My Washing Machine Smell?

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Do you know that your washing machine needs to be cleaned on a regular basis? If not, you may start noticing a funny smell coming from it. So, how do you clean a washing machine and get rid of that bad odour? Well, there are a few different ways...

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Why Does My Washing Machine Stink?

Over time, dirt and detergent can build up in your washing machine, causing it to smell bad. But there are a few other possible causes of smells as well.

If you have a front-loading washing machine, the door seal can trap moisture and become a breeding ground for mould and mildew. This is why it’s important to keep the door open after each use so that the machine can air out.

Another possible source of smells is soap residue. If you don’t use the correct amount of detergent or if you have hard water, this can cause a soapy residue to build up in your machine. This residue can also lead to mould and mildew growth.

How to Clean a Washing Machine

Now that we’ve discussed some of the possible causes of smells in washing machines, let’s talk about how to clean them.

Cleaning a Front-Loading Washing Machine Seal:

If you have a front-loading washing machine, the first thing you should do is clean the door gasket. Remove any dirt or debris that may be caught in the seal. Then, using a cloth dampened with warm soapy water, wipe down the entire seal. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.

If the grime doesn’t come off easily, you can try using a mild cleaning agent such as white vinegar or baking soda, or for really stubborn stains, you can try a bleach and water solution. Just be sure to rinse the area well when you’re done.

Once the door seal is clean, you can move on to cleaning the tub.

How to Clean the Tub On a Front-Load or Top-Load Washer:

The tub can be cleaned by running an empty load with hot water, a half cup of baking soda, and a cup of distilled vinegar. Add the vinegar to the detergent dispenser, then, add the baking soda to the tub and run a hot water cycle. This will remove any dirt, grime, and detergent.

Cleaning the Washing Machine Dispenser:

The detergent dispenser can also be a source of smells. To clean it, simply remove it and wash it with warm soapy water. If the dispenser is especially dirty, you can soak it in a solution of equal parts vinegar and water for 30 minutes, then scrub it with a toothbrush.

Once the dispenser is clean, be sure to rinse it well and dry it completely before putting it back in the machine.

It is really that simple! These are just a few tips for cleaning a washing machine and getting rid of bad smells. By following these simple steps, you can keep your machine clean and smelling fresh and no longer wonder “why does my washing machine smell”? And remember for any appliance repair needs we’re one call away!

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