Smelly washing machine

(8 Posts)
thobblywighs Mon 25-Aug-14 19:00:38

Just that really. Any suggestions as to what I can try? Thanks

Ohhelpohnoitsa Mon 25-Aug-14 19:11:07

yes we had this. esp if you have sicky kids or toilet trsining or nappies, bacteria builds up. washer man told me:
use old fashioned powder not liquid or tabs
wash a towel once every month or two on boil wash
wipe out the rubber seal with paper towel and dettol every few weeks

it does work.

IAMACLANGER Mon 25-Aug-14 19:49:53

Ours stinks. No sick kids or toilet training going on. It is 20 years old though. I do the odd 90 degree wash occasionally... but it gets over excited and foam/bubbles come out of the tray - all over the floor!
There was something here recently about vinegar and something... but I can't remember what?

ilovepowerhoop Mon 25-Aug-14 19:56:58

clean out the filter, the dispenser drawer and the bit the drawer fits into (the roof will be covered in black crud - I use bleach spray and an old toothbrush). Clean around the rubber seal. Run a hot wash with a cup of soda crystals and then follow that with a hot wash with vinegar.

Ultracrepidarian Mon 25-Aug-14 20:02:32

Bicarb and white vinegar maybe ours calls for some kind of bleach but it's not bleach can't remember what it is though.

thobblywighs Mon 25-Aug-14 20:03:52

No sicky kids here either but the drawer is full of black crud. I have a day off tomorrow so going to but some soda crystals and give it a good going over. No more smell of drains in my kitchen hopefully!! Maybe I will buy some washing powder too, rather than using liquid.
Thanks all

CakeUpWall Mon 25-Aug-14 20:05:58

Do a maintenance wash every month. After cleaning in & all around the dispenser drawer, and the rubber door seal, run the hottest possible wash with a slurp of bleach. No more smells. smile

agnesf Mon 25-Aug-14 20:07:58

Don't use Ecover washing liquid. Ours got stinky and mildew with it and now just use Fairy etc and less so. Its down to the amount of chemicals

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