When you are washing dirty clothes all the time, your washing machine cannot help but stink-especially when you are not giving it the proper maintenance that a washer requires.
If you have no clue how to do that, this is the best time to learn. Here is a step-by-step procedure on how to get rid of the awful smell from your washer:
Step 1: Right after washing your clothes, check out the flow of water in your washer. If there are excess water left inside, this means your washer's drainage system is not working well. You might want to do some quick inspection to find out what is causing the improper drainage flow.
Step 2: The next thing you need to do is to use vinegar solution. Vinegar can actually help dissolve the stubborn dirt and grime clinging on your tub's wall along with the lime residues that has collected from your water. Add about one cup of white vinegar and run an empty hot water cycle.
Some people do not like to use vinegar because they think it will cause the tub to rust. If you are using a stainless steel tub, this should not be a problem. Besides, you are going to run an empty water cycle again after that to get rid of the vinegar solution.
Step 3: The next thing you need to do is to use the baking soda paste. Just mix a bit of water with baking soda and scrub this on the walls of your washer. It gets rid of the accumulated dirt and grime on the tub's walls along with the hardened detergent residues. The detergent residues actually contain animal fats so it can go rancid overtime and cause a smelly and musty washer. This will also get rid of the smell from the vinegar.
You can also try using lemon juice and salt. Slice one lemon and dip it in salt and use it to scrub the wall of the tub.
Step 4: Once your washer's tub is already spick and span, run an empty hot water cycle to wash off the baking soda residues and the sloughed off dirt and grime. Let it finish and drain properly.
Step 5: Dry the inside of the washing machine using a clean towel. Make sure every nook and cranny is dry. Open the tub door and let air dissipate inside. One of the causes of a musty washer is because the smell of detergent, bleach, fabric conditioner mingled with excess water with minerals is cooped up inside. Let you washing machine breathe.
Be careful not to use too much detergent the next time you use your washing machine. Using too much detergent can cause animal fat accumulation and this will then make your washer maintenance a lot more difficult.
Autor: Zach Smith
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Added: November 30, 2009