Cleaning A Smelly Washing Machine

How To Wash A Washing Machine

If you have a musky or mouldy smell coming from your washing machine, then this guide is for you. We will show you a few methods to clean a washing machine and removing odour-causing bacteria or moulds.

Causes Of A Smelly Washing Machine

Washing machines can develop a build up of slime and grease. Initially, this starts with a bad smell, but can develop mopre serious problems, such as rotting hoses and seals – not to mention your clothes will come out less clean than they could be.

This problem was almost unheard of before environmnetally liquid detergents were in use, and has since become a relatively common issue for many washing machines. Often the cause of washing machine smells can be as simple as a slow build up of bacteria, but it can also be black mould building up in your washing machine. Not only that, but many people wash their clothes using a colder temperature. This definitely helps you to save on energy bills and is better for the environment. However, it’s also better for the bacteria that lives in your washing machine. This creates an environment that bacteria and moulds can thrive in and if you always run your washing machine at low temperatures, this is likely the cause of any washing machine odours.

So how do you fix it?

Cleaning Products

There are loads of products on the market that are aimed at freshenig up your washing machine. Typically, in our experience, these products do a good job at freshening up a washing machine that’s already quite clean, but won’t do very much for clearing up the root causes of washing machine odours and moulds.

Running A Service/Maintenance Washing Cycle

If supermarket cleaning products aren’t cutting it, you can try running a service wash.

This means spinning the machine without any clothes inside it, usually at a very high temperature. Some washing machines come with a self-cleaning program or preset – if your machine offers this, you can find it in the manual. Running a service wash is recomended as often as once per month if you find you’re often dealing with a smelly washing machine.

If a single service wash isn’t curing your smelly washing machine, try running two or three service washes.

Check The Pipes

If you continue to have problems, you may have a partially blocked piped. If you suspect this is the cause, try using a drain unblocking product.

Call The Professionals

If your problem is quite serious, or you find that no matter what you do, you just can’t get rid of your washing machine odour, you’ll want to call a professional.
Direct Appliance Repairs can service and repair most makes and models of washing machine. To book a service with us, just give us a call at 9418 8855 or contact us through our website.