Your washing machine’s main purpose is washing dirty clothing and apparel. Without proper periodic maintenance and cleanup, the dirt from the cloth is bound to leak and accumulate in parts of your machine. Your washing machine is constantly bombarded with bits of food, fibers, and other organic materials that can get caught in the nooks and crannies.

The warm and wet environment in the machine is a perfect breeding place for mold and mildew. The hard to reach spaces may never get completely dry. Water and detergents can also build up, which can clog the mechanisms or result in dullness of clothes after washing.

You may have asked yourself, why is my washing machine smelling so bad / emitting such a bad ordour ? or why do the clothes come out smelling bad after washing them ? This makes it emit bad ordour / smell over time. Here are some tips on how to get rid of this unpleasant smell.

HOW TO CLEAN BAD SMELL / ORDOR OFF A WASHING MACHINE

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Material you need to scrub that bad smell off your washing machine :

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide (optional; use if you have mold)
  • A piece of clith / rag
  • A toothbrush

How to Clean a Front Loader Washing Machine

FIRST STAGE

Begin by wiping down the nooks and crannies outside the drum. Marnie is shown here using a rag dipped in a little vinegar. Make sure you don’t use anything abrasive on the glass or enamel as it can scratch. You can also soak any removable parts in a 2 to 1 water to vinegar solution.

How to Clean a Washing Machine
Above: Dip a rag in vinegar and wipe clean the door.
Eeeeww! This is the grime we got from wiping the rubber seal around the glass.
Above: Eeeeww! This is the grime we got from wiping the rubber seal around the glass.
Most front loaders have a rubber gasket. Using a toothbrush, peel back these layers and really get into the hard-to-reach spots. (Note the little bits at the bottom of the photo. Yuck!) If this area has mold or mildew, use a rag or brush dipped in peroxide to kill it, and then wipe it away. For any stubborn grime, you can also utilize the mildly abrasive power of baking soda.
Above: Most front loaders have a rubber gasket. Using a toothbrush, peel back these layers and really get into the hard-to-reach spots. (Note the little bits at the bottom of the photo. Yuck!) If this area has mold or mildew, use a rag or brush dipped in peroxide to kill it, and then wipe it away. For any stubborn grime, you can also utilize the mildly abrasive power of baking soda.

SECOND STAGE
Once the exposed parts are clean, tackle the inside. Depending on the size of your model, fill the liquid detergent dispenser with 1 or 2 cups of vinegar. The acid in the vinegar will help break down any hard water and soap scum and will disinfect the machine.

Helpful readers have also suggested adding vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser as part of your normal wash.
Above: Helpful readers have also suggested adding vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser as part of your normal wash.

THIRD STAGE

Set your machine on the sanitize or hottest cycle, full-load setting, and run–without any clothes in it.

If your machine has a “sanitize” setting, use it.
Above: If your machine has a “sanitize” setting, use it.
When you’re done, check the interior of the machine and wipe away any particles that may have come loose during the cycle.
Above: When you’re done, check the interior of the machine and wipe away any particles that may have come loose during the cycle.

FOURTH STAGE

Your machine may also benefit from an additional odor-and-soap-scum-fighting step. If so, add 1/3 cup baking soda to the drum and run the machine on hot again. To save water, you can alternate between baking soda one month and vinegar the next. Just be sure not to mix the baking soda (a base) and the vinegar (an acid) in the same cycle as they will neutralize each other. It won’t harm the machine, but you will lose the beneficial effects of each.

Running a cycle with baking soda will help deodorize the machine.
Above: Running a cycle with baking soda will help deodorize the machine.
That’s it. Now Marnie’s machine is truly clean. For best results, repeat this thorough cleaning process every four to six weeks.
Above: That’s it. Now Marnie’s machine is truly clean. For best results, repeat this thorough cleaning process every four to six weeks.
How to Clean a Top Loader
First fill your machine with with hot water (no clothes). Stop the cycle after it’s full and add 3 cups vinegar and stir or agitate the machine. Let sit one hour before you continue the cycle. While you’re waiting, use the mixture inside the machine as your exterior cleaning solution, or use a little baking soda and water. (Remember don’t mix vinegar and baking soda as their chemical properties cancel each other out.) With a rag and toothbrush, wipe down the exterior and scour hard-to-reach areas. You can also soak any removable parts in this vinegar bath, while you clean the outside. When you’re finished, close the lid and continue the wash cycle.

Other Tips for Keeping Your Washing Machine Squeaky Clean
When the machine is not in use, always leave the door open to ensure that the interior dries thoroughly.
Never leave damp clothes in the washer–transfer them immediately to the dryer.
Keep the top surfaces free of lint and detergent.
Remove lint from the dryer screen after every use.

 

FINALLY PUTTING THESE QUESTIONS TO REST

  • Why doesn my washing machine smell so bad / emit a bad ordor ?

  • Why do the clothes come out smelling bad after washing them ?

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