Washing machine is an essential equipment of your cleaning culture. With the press of a button, it produces heaps of clean clothes in minutes, which should have been taken several hours if you are washing them manually. Since you are washing very dirty clothes, most of the dirt removed from your clothes are not disposed of completely, but stay in your washer and mingle with moisture content, producing unpleasant smell. But it is not an unusual phenomena or anything to worry about. Following cleaning tips will tell you how to remove mouldy smell from washing machine and bring back fresh-smelling machine.
Dry the Washer
Immediately after every wash, wipe the drum fully with a dry towel or leave the door open for some time to allow the moisture to be evaporated. This will help to prevent the growth of microorganisms inside the drum.
Remove the Moulds
- You can dissolve the moulds and mildew formed inside the washer by using white vinegar. Run an empty warm water cycle and add two cups of distilled white vinegar. Due to the agitation, the moulds will get dissolved inside.
- To remove moulds from the rubber gasket, prepare a mixture of distilled vinegar in water and apply on the gaskets. Allow it to stay for 30 minutes so that the moulds will be loosened up. Use a dry cloth and remove the remains.
- You can also use some organic laundry cleaner to clean the washer and remove the bacteria build-up, grease and grime, which help to remove the mildew smells.
Use Lemon Juice
- Squeeze one full lemon into a cup, start the hot water cycle and pour the lemon juice into the drum and run the cycle.
- After finishing this cycle and the machine has drained, add one cup of baking soda into the drawer and again run one high temperature cycle.
- Once it is finished run a mid-temperature wash to remove the baking soda.
- Then wipe out the drum thoroughly using a dry cloth and keep the washer door open for an hour. Now, the drum and the hoses will be completely dried out and the washer will smell fresh.
Clean the filter
- Turn off the power supply, unplug the machine and pull it forward softly.
- Turn off the water supply to the machine.
- Remove the hose from the tap and remove the filter inside the hose.
- Clean the filter in running water. If there is any hard debris, apply vinegar and scrub it using a soft brush.
- When the debris is removed, wash the filter in soapy water.
- Dry the filter thoroughly using a dry cloth before fitting it back to the water hose.
Hot Temperature Wash
The most important reason for formation of mould and dirt is due to washing clothes frequently on a low heat cycle, below 40 degrees. People prefer to wash at low heat cycle due to economic reasons and also for energy efficiency. However, this will cause build-up of more dirt, grease and mould, resulting in awful smell. By hot temperature wash cycles, these unwanted substances can be removed. Hence it is recommended to run a maintenance cycle twice a month, by running an empty wash cycle at high temperature.
Regular cleaning of your washing machine will always produce the best results. You can keep your washing machine smell fresh and also save money in the long run.