Do you often wonder where those unpleasant smells from your washing machine can come from? They are simply the result of dirt and mold that accumulates in the rubber of the drum, in the filter or in various corners of the device. Which implies that its maintenance is not regular. And that you certainly make some handling mistakes. Consequence: bad odors follow one another and washing the laundry is not always optimal. Here are 5 golden rules to quickly clean your washing machine and eliminate this recurring problem.
Ventilate machine drum
Do you sometimes wash your clothes and notice that even after they are washed well, they smell bad, like an indelicate musty smell? This problem usually stems from the mixture of moisture and heat inside the machine. If the rubber is not dry, it is an ideal environment for the development of bacteria and mold, which create its unpleasant odors.
The solution? After each wash cycle, after removing the laundry, instead of systematically closing the drum, always leave the door of the washing machine open to allow optimal ventilation. The flow of fresh air will speed up the cooling of the appliance and germs will have less chance to multiply. We also recommend that you open the washing machine drawer.
Check the condition of the drum seal
The rubber seal of the drum is often put to the test: It gets damaged by all sorts of small objects forgotten in clothes, such as coins, bills or keys. Handkerchiefs, cuddly toys or other buttons can also get stuck to it. Not only does it get dirty easily, but it can also get damaged or cracked during washing. Also, before washing, always check the pockets of your pants and jackets when sorting laundry. And also after washing, make sure that nothing is disturbing the drum seal. In addition, it is recommended to clean it every 6 to 8 weeks. You just need to use a mild detergent to wipe the entire surface of the door properly. Then simply dry it with a dry cloth to drive away moisture.
Thoroughly clean the detergent drawer
The detergent drawer, which is often overlooked during cleaning, also requires careful maintenance. Carefully check whether there is still liquid or powder in the drawer of the washing machine . Therefore, it is important to take out the drawer frequently to air it and clean it thoroughly. You can disinfect it with white vinegar, a natural detergent that drives away all traces of dirt and neutralizes bad odors. To do this, you need to dip a clean cloth in the liquid and meticulously wipe the surface. For hard-to-reach corners, use a brush or an old toothbrush.
Note: If the dividers can be removed from the drawer, you can put them directly in the dishwasher to wash at low temperature.
Disinfect the inside of the machine
We can’t tell you enough: regular cleaning of your washing machine will significantly extend its life and improve its performance. Remember that simple remains of powder detergent stuck inside the machine can quickly lead to limescale deposits, which can also lead to higher electricity consumption when the machine is running.
One effective solution? Citric acid. This detergent is ideal for disinfecting, descaling and deodorizing your washing machine. Add 7-8 tablespoons of the product to the drum and run the vacuum washer at 200°F. No citric acid on hand? White vinegar will do the trick. Pour some in the laundry drawer or just soak a kitchen towel and put it directly into the drum. And do the same operation. The inside of the machine will be clean and spotless!
Make sure that the filter is not clogged
Finally, last golden rule: the filter must always work properly. The smallest obstacle can prevent your washing machine from working properly. However, it tends to accumulate all sorts of objects such as lint or buttons and can therefore easily become clogged. To avoid this clogging, it’s also important to clean it regularly to remove any debris that may be clogging it. Clean the filter every two months or so, or even less frequently, carefully removing lint and dirt build-up. If you’re not sure where the washing machine filter is located, the owner’s manual will give you all the information you need. It all depends on the model, but it’s usually hidden behind a small flap at the bottom of the front of the machine.
How to clean it:
- You will need a bowl, cloth, paper towels, knife or screwdriver.
- Place the cloth on the floor under the washer to soak up any remaining water.
- Open the filter housing, using the knife or screwdriver if necessary.
- Now open the filter cover, remove the strainer and set it aside.
- Dirt is best removed with your fingers, so use a paper towel or wear rubber gloves.
- Next, clean the removed strainer well with a little water to remove any stuck lint or debris.
- Finally, reassemble all the parts.
Of course, this process varies from machine to machine, it all depends on the type of filter you have.