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Do you have a front loading washing machine that you have fallen out of love with? Does it seem like no matter how much great smelling fabric softener you use, you just can’t get that gross smell out of your laundry? Well, read on because I have the secret to getting rid of that odor and a maintenance plan to keep it fresh! So let’s Get Rid of Washing Machine Funky Smell today!
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Oh, the Washing…… Oh, the Washing! Some weeks it feels like a never ending chore. Basket after basket of dirty linens and stinky socks. You often think ‘Yikes! How on earth can one family get so many clothes dirty?’ If you have boys? Just forget it!
It’s no wonder with the work out your washing machine gets, it’s a little funky on its own. We have all taken that whiff and thought pew! That’s a bit rank!
Front loaders are notorious for that wet musty smell. The hot soapy water doesn’t drain as easily as top loaders. The round shape of the drum makes the perfect home for a moldy swampy mess.
Just as you clean your clothes regularly you need to clean your washing machine. Even a top loader needs a good cleaning and deodorizing every now and then. Think about your shower door. That film that soap leaves on the glass door is not unlike that in your machine.
If you have a very remarkable smell that you are having trouble getting rid of you may need to do the cleaning step twice to really clean it out. It could be that you have mildew in the pipes and it will take a few times to clear it out. First, you are going to clean it out really well and then move on to weekly maintenance.
Top Loaders need to be clean also and you can use these steps on any machine.
Give your washer a good clean. Wipe down the drum and the door with a white vinegar and water mixture. I use 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup water with a clean damp towel. Pull back the rubber gasket seal on the door and wipe it out all around. You are going to be surprised at the gross black gunk you will wipe out. That is the major source of your smell. GROSS!
Set your machine to the hottest temperature. Fill the bleach cup with bleach. I use a concentrated bleach that has lavender added to it to help with that harsh bleach smell. Place 1/4 cup baking soda in your powder detergent cup and run a full cycle.
When finished wipe the drum, door, and gasket with a clean dry cloth. Be sure to do the detergent drawer and cups also.
The heat and bleach will wash away the mildew and the baking soda will kill the odor. No more musty damp stink!
Now you need a plan to keep the smell away. Every time you run a load of laundry make sure that you are wiping out the water that collects in the rubber gasket. Leave the door and the detergent drawer open to air dry. Just doing these 2 steps will go a long way to keeping the smell at bay.
I run a bleach and baking soda cycle once a week and I give it the vinegar treatment once a month. It’s been close to a year now that I have been doing this and we have nothing but fresh clean laundry!
I hope this helps you. I would love to know what tips do you have for a clean washing machine?