Your washing machine may gain a smell through the buildup of odor-causing residues in your washer from laundry soils, detergents and water hardness minerals in the drum. Dirt removed from clothes can stick around in the drum after washing, creating a breeding ground.
In the dark, warm and damp environment, odor-causing residues in your washer releases unpleasant smells. These smells can then move onto your clothes.
Your steps to a clean washing machine
Your first step to keep your washing machine smelling great is simply leaving the door & dispenser drawer slightly open when not in use. This lets them dry out and stops that damp smell from settling.
Also, it’s best to take your clothes out of the machine immediately rather than leaving them in the machine. If they’re left to sit in the damp, unwanted smells could start to appear. If you cannot take them out immediately, within 2 hours is best.
A monthly maintenance wash is also recommended. This means washing on the hottest setting with no clothes, and a detergent with bleach in it, such as Ariel Sunrise Fresh. Some machines have “tub clean cycles” dedicated for this purpose, please refer to the machine user manual. After this wash, your machine should be back to smelling fresh, ready to help your clothes smell great once again.
Outside as well as in
The outside of your machine should also be cleaned, and you can do so easily. Just wipe clean monthly with lukewarm, soapy water, and don’t use abrasive products or solvents.
Sometimes, however, you need to pay the machine a bit more attention. Checking the filter, water supply hose and other parts for any buildup of dirt and thread is a good idea. Remove these and you can give your washing machine a new life.
Extra tip: The correct dosage of laundry detergent helps to protect your washing machine, too.