Keep your washing machine smelling clean
Posted on: 28 March 2017 by Roise Murray
Have you been noticing a bad or a weird smell coming from your washing machine once the nice smell of fabric softener has wore off?
Have you been noticing a bad or a weird smell coming from your washing machine once the nice smell of fabric softener has wore off? Many people have this problem and forget about it as soon as their washing machine dries and stops smelling bad from afar.
But if your washing machine has a bad smell emanating from it, you should not be ignoring this. It means that something is wrong and you should check it. Most bad smells coming from washing machines are due to lack of cleaning and/or mildew.
If you have never cleaned your washing machine because you have never thought that it needs cleaning, think again. Washing machines, just like all other appliances in your home need to be cleaned. There may not be a special cleaning product about it on the market, but nevertheless you should not ignore cleaning your washing machine.
After a while it will stop washing your clothes and do the opposite in fact. You want your clothes to keep getting out clean and nice smelling from your washing machine right? Then buckle up and read on, because here you will find a way to safely and efficiently clean your washing machine and get rid of its bad smell.
Many people would say that they use bleach to clean their washing machines, but you don't have to do it. It is just unnecessary to put your washing machine and your next laundry into danger. There is a much more safe and just as efficient way to do it.
If you have not heard of eco cleaning, this is how you can see what it is about and how much better it is for your home, and your budget, by the way. I am talking about you cleaning your washing machine using white vinegar and pure baking soda.
Yes, it is possible. All you have to do is set your washer to run the longest setting with hot water and add 3 or 4 cups of white vinegar to the water. Do not put any clothes or detergent in. All you need is the hot water and the vinegar. The white vinegar will efficiently kill all bacteria, mould and mildew, plus it will get rid of soap residues.
When the water and vinegar have mixed, stop the machine and add ½ cup of baking soda, and let it run again. The baking soda is going to deodorise your washing machine. When the machine has mixed the baking soda into the water-vinegar mixture well, stop/pause your machine again. House Cleaners Archway advises you to let it sit like this for about an hour, so that the vinegar and baking soda can do their job and clean and deodorise your washing machine.
After that let your washing machine finish its cycle. When its done, open it and wipe it thoroughly on the inside paying attention to the rubber and the door as well. Make sure you have gotten rid of all of the soap scum and mildew.
Then if you want to you can run it empty again to rinse the vinegar and baking soda, if you are worried about them staining or leaving some residue on your clothes.
It is important to remember to leave your washing machine door wide open after you have emptied it after each laundry you do, so that it can air dry quickly and mildew does not have time to turn into a problem. And you can also have a rag near it and give it a quick wipe after you have used it. Prevention is key, but also clean your washing machine at least once every two or three months. It is just sanitary to keep a clean washing machine and know that your clothes are being washed safely.