I don’t ever remember this happening before but my washing machine seems to have a become a bit smelly. Now since I use my washing machines to remove the grime and odours – the last thing I want is for the washing machine itself to start smelling.
So why is this? Well I have done a bit of research – and this is what I found out. Interestingly – it is not just me suffering smelly washing machine syndrome, complaints about smelly washing machines are actually quite common.
Here in the UK, most people wash their clothes at 40 degrees or less. This is a great way to save money on energy bills and is better to the environment, but there is a down side.
Washing at these temperatures will not completely rid your washing machine of mould and bacteria as high temperatures would. You need to run a service wash to deal with this problem.
A service wash means spinning the machine without any clothes in at a high temperature. Ideally done once a month, most manufacturers now recommend you use a certain cycle to do this or provide a special drum-cleaning program. Your instruction manual should have this information.
Washing Machine Maintenance
To rid your machine of other any areas of mould firstly unplug your washing machine. Make sure you always do this before doing any sort of maintenance.
Check the door seal. If left too long, black mould can get into the porous rubber of your door seal. If this happens it may be beyond normal cleaning. And you may have to replace your door seal.
Mould and bacteria also have a tendency to build up in the detergent drawer and lint filter.
Leave the door and drawer open
Leaving the machine’s door open after washing allows air to circulate in the drum and helps prevent the growth of mould and bacteria. You should also leave your machine’s detergent drawer open for the same reason.
Check the stand pipe
If bad smells continue, you may have a partial blockage in the standpipe. If you suspect this is the case, use a drain unblocker to try to clear the pipe.