How to fix a smelly washing machine
It happens to the best of us!! Sometimes your washing machine begins to smell a bit off, and maybe you’ve tried a few things and you’re not sure what to do about it. Washing machines can be complicated thanks to all their nooks, crannies, and multiple parts. Bacteria, mildew, mold and hard water buildup are some of the things that may be responsible.
Before you call Aqua City Cleaners, your favourite house cleaning company, here are some things you may want to try to get your washing machine smelling brand new.
What you need
- White vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Old toothbrush
Add some distilled white vinegar to a spray bottle and generously spray the inside of your washing machine, make sure to cover every element – the drum, the agitator, the paddles, the inside of the lid or door.
Pour 2 cups of vinegar into the washing machine and run through a regular cycle using hot water. Don’t add any laundry items during this cycle. Keep the drum empty so that the vinegar and hot water solution is free to get into every little space, cleaning out unwanted debris.
Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe down the inside of the lid or door, including the drum and agitator. Mildew thrives on moisture, so the drier the better. Leaving the lid or door open, lets your washing machine air-dry overnight. The vinegar smell should dissipate, leaving your washer sparkling clean.
PRO-TIP: Mould and mildew are more problematic in front-loading washers where moisture and soap residue can become trapped in the rubber gasket surrounding the door. It is recommended to always leave the door open when not in use to allow dampness to dry – both on the door and inside the washer.
At Aqua City Cleaners, we are more than happy to assist you with your cleaning needs—from sanitizing your home to bathroom deep cleans, there is no job too big or small! Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate.