Yes, the humble workhorse also known as a washing machine, also needs to have a good clean just like we do (Although obviously not so often!). And we’re not talking about wiping it over with a damp cloth here, but the parts which carry out the washing themselves.
You may have noticed (especially during the cold, damp months of the year), that there may be a funny smell coming from your machine. And the question you must ask yourself is, is that same smelly mould also being transferred to your lovely clean clothes?
- Some people cannot get their heads around having to clean a washing machine, because, after all, it gets a good washing every single time a load gets washed, right?
How to find out if yours needs cleaning
So, how would you be aware if yours is in need of cleaning? Easy peasy, just open the door of your washer, put your head close by and smell. If it smells like fresh daisies, then lucky you and you don’t need to worry.
- But if it smells like a teenage boy’s sweaty football shirt, then, you really should get it cleaned as soon as possible.
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What you can do
First,you are going to have to rid of any mould. To achieve this, you will need a couple of rags and a spray bottle which contains one part bleach and 10 parts water. Open the washing machine door and feel around for the big rubber seal surrounding the door.
- It may be possible to turn it inside out, or if not curl your rag-covered fingers into the pockets it creates and wipe all the way around the seal with the dry rag.
If any mould or mildew is seen on the rag, keep on wiping until the rag comes out clean. Follow that by carefully spraying behind the seal, if possible. If not, soak the rag and then wipe fully all around the seal.
Time to clean the washing machine basin and pipes
If there is indeed mould and mildew growing behind your washer seal, there’s more than a good chance that it’s growing elsewhere in your washer also. To give the entire washer a good clean, there are expensive washing machine cleaners, or you can use some bleach.
- If you do decide on using bleach, ensure that your washer is completely empty (you really don’t want to make the mistake of bleaching that colourfully flowered summer dress now, do you?!).
Then, pour a cup of bleach into the powder compartment, and set the washer on a long high temperature cycle, with an extra rinse cycle also.
- Should there still be a strong bleach smell afterwards, try running another empty cycle with hot water to give it another rinse.
That will guarantee that your washer will be both mould and bad smell free.