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Smelly Washing Machine? Try These Home Cleaning Tips!

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Did you know that to keep functioning well, your washing machine needs regular home cleaning?

If your machine has become smelly, the chances are you’ve got a build-up of grime that needs clearing out. Try these simple home tips to get it running smoothly again – without the smell.

White Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda cycle

For top-loaders: Pour 2 cups of white vinegar and half a cup of bicarbonate of soda into the drum and set your machine on a hot cycle. Both these products are inexpensive and can be found at your local supermarket.

For front loaders: Add two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda to the detergent tray and 1 cup of white vinegar to the drum.

Let the cycle finish, open the door, and let the drum air dry. If the smell persists, repeat the process. This is not only a cost-effective way to clean your machine, it’s also environmentally friendly and gentle. Always check your manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning your washing machine – most will advise against harsh cleaning products. Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are 100% natural and effective at breaking down grease particles and grime build-up.

Front loader detergent trays and rubber seals often collect dirt and grime and need to be cleaned by hand.

However if your seals are broken or any other issues we can repair your washing machine, so just contact us at Nation Wide Appliance Repairs and we can diagnose the problem and fix it.

Soak the detergent tray

If you have a front loader, your machine will come with instructions on how to remove the detergent tray. Don’t worry if you’ve lost these, most are available online through a simple google search. Take it off, soak it in warm water and give it a thorough clean. I use an old toothbrush to get rid of any clogged powder and grime, and then the tray through the dishwasher.

Wipe the rubber seals

The rubber seal around the door of the machine is prone to a build-up of dirt. Use a damp cloth to wipe thoroughly around the seal. If there is visible mold, add a little vinegar to the cloth. Gently lift the rubber from the metal and get into the cracks – this is where the built-up dirt residue is most likely to be. An extra tip – always leave the washing machine door open between washes to keep air flowing and stop mold forming.

And that’s it! Repeat this process every couple of months to keep your machine functioning well and smell-free.

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