Does your laundry smell bad after washing? Dreading when you open the washing machine and smell the damp, musty smell? Against unpleasant bad odors in the washing machine, it is important to adopt good habits. On the one hand, this requires the right actions to be implemented at each wash to prevent clogging and scaling of your household appliance. And on the other hand, it will take a good cleaning to fight laundry residue, lime build-up, bacteria, mold and dirt causing the bad smell. Grandma provides an update on good practices and some tips on how to remove the unpleasant smell of mold without bleach!
1) The right actions to apply each time you wash your laundry
Understanding the reasons why there are bad smells in the washing machine goes hand in hand with finding solutions. The causes of these foul odors include:
–Do not overdose detergents and fabric softener. This reflex that we tend to adopt to counterbalance odors may further clog the walls of the device. This will therefore promote odors. For liquid detergent, powder detergent and fabric softener, follow the recommended dosage. The too much here the enemy of the good!
–Limit cold washes that contribute to this phenomenon. At 30 ° C, water is ineffective in disinfecting microorganisms and preventing their proliferation.
–Quickly remove damp laundry from the machine as soon as the wash is finished to avoid the phenomenon of maceration.
–Wipe down the machine seal at the end of the washing cycle to prevent clogging.
-Open the window or the upper leaf after and between washes. This will ventilate the device and prevent moisture maceration.
2) The right cleaning to remove bad odors from the machine
Do you know all the benefits of white vinegar in the machine? It is very effective in eliminating stubborn odors on laundry (smell of tobacco, perspiration, etc.) and softening them. By the way, he also goes remove tartar and detergent deposits, and neutralize persistent bad odors in the machine components. To do this, it is advisable to use it with each machine as a fabric softener. In addition, it is to be used once a month for a big cleaning. Pour here 1/2 liter to 1 liter of white vinegar in the drum and make a vacuum machine at 90 ° C (without detergent).
In the event of heavy scaling, pour 3 liters of white vinegar into the drum. Then to properly remove tartar and mold, add about twenty drops of tea tree essential oil. After a machine started empty on a hot program, the deodorizing effect will be incomparable.
3) An impeccable seal and tray against bad odor
To limit odors, you should clean all machine components. Regarding the machine’s tank, cleaning with boiling water then with a cloth soaked in vinegar will be more than enough. As for the machine seal, sometimes you need a little more elbow grease. Indeed, it tends to mold quickly! And in this case, it can also cause bad odors in the machine. The ideal here would be to bring a microfiber cloth or a toothbrush. Rub the joints with white vinegar, toothpaste or lemon juice. You can also sprinkle with baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) and polish with a sponge soaked in vinegar. Dirt won’t resist it!
4) Take care of the filter to fight against bad odors from your machine
Take out the filter and clean it according to the instructions in the leaflet to promote the evacuation of washing wastewater. Nothing helps and the bad odors persist? In this case, the problem may be with the drain line at the siphon, and not with the washing machine itself. For clean the siphon and the drain pipe, remove the caps then use white vinegar and / or a bottle brush. Then put everything back in place. The next machine will allow the rinsing of your installations by emptying.