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Getting rid of smell in washing machine?

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EvilTwins Sat 23-Jul-11 18:38:52

Any recommendations? The machine smells a bit musty and clothes aren't smelling fresh when they come out.

TIA

thenightsky Sat 23-Jul-11 18:44:54

Take out the soap drawer. Now bend down and have a look in the hole. I found the 'ceiling' was all black mould (shudder) . It was a right ares to clean but doable with toothbrush and bleach.

EvilTwins Sat 23-Jul-11 18:46:50

DH has already done that (hooray - didn't fancy it myself) but that was a month or so ago and the smell is still there, so I suspect it's further down.

Seona1973 Sat 23-Jul-11 22:54:35

run an empty hot wash (90 degrees) with bio powder or soda crystals or white vinegar and clean the rubber seals inside the machine. You will need to do the drawer regularly too. Try to leave the door open a little between washes too

amistillsexy Sat 23-Jul-11 22:59:41

I had this and couldn't get rid of it no matter how many hot washes or cleaning sessions I did.

The only thing that has worked for me is to change to a 40 degree wash for colours and 60 for whites, and to stop using environmentally friendly washing liquid-I now use Fairy non-bio powder.

My washing machine man told me low temp washes don't dissolve the washing powder or liquid and it just becomes a slushy mess in the bottom of the machine that never gets rinsed away as it's too soupy! YUCK!

itsybitsy08 Sat 23-Jul-11 23:01:13

I just run mine on a 90 degree wash with some domestos. Though the first time i did it, i was slightly panicked by the amount of foam in the drum and it was frothing out of the drawer grin it did all spin away! Just dont put too much in.

AmaraDresden Sat 23-Jul-11 23:02:57

Another boil wash after one with vinegar will clear the debris away as well.

AmaraDresden Sat 23-Jul-11 23:02:58

Another boil wash after one with vinegar will clear the debris away as well.

We did ours today. Hottest wash - 95 degrees with white vinegar and cleaned the drawer and seals. All lovely now and nice fresh-smelling laundry again.

bilblio Sat 23-Jul-11 23:17:16

I do Seona's method. Hot wash (I usually stick some towels in though) and white vinegar. I had black mould around the door which wouldn't shift, but teh vinegar got rid of it.
Now I generally put a slosh of vinegar in every so often when I'm doing a 60 white wash.

Ponders Sat 23-Jul-11 23:21:35

after you've scrubbed out the drawer area as well as you can, give it a good squirt with mould & mildew remover (which is chlorine bleach, so be careful with it) & then do an empty 90 degree wash with some bio detergent in the drum

& leave both the drawer & the door ajar when you're not washing

RoseC Sun 24-Jul-11 00:21:24

We're having smelly machine problems. So far have tried: 90 degree wash with a) vinegar, b) soda crystals, c) detergent but only Dr Beckmann washing machine cleaner seems to have worked. There's still a slight smell but nowhere near as bad as before.

Ponders Sun 24-Jul-11 09:44:34

Aldi have Dr Beckmann cleaner this week - £2.49 (I happened to buy one! haven't tried it yet though - too busy doing actual washing during the lull in the rain)

thenightsky Sun 24-Jul-11 10:36:42

I take the drawer right out if not using machine so the whole area can dry properly. I also put the drawer through the dishwasher occasionally.

Ponders Sun 24-Jul-11 11:02:31

oh that's a good idea, nightsky! I do soak & scrub mine but there are nooks & crannies I can't get into

AwesomePan Sun 24-Jul-11 11:20:21

I have this problem with mine. Clothes comming out a bit 'stale' smelling.
How much is 'some' vinegar or bleach? Appreciate amounts direction - otherwise full bottles get thrown down the chute....

AwesomePan Mon 25-Jul-11 21:28:01

if anyone still ahs this thread, I poured half a cup of white wine vinegar down the chute on a 95 degree wash ( with a couple of white towels). Stale smell gone, and the towels worryingly whiter...

Lindax Mon 25-Jul-11 21:50:14

never had this problem with washing machines until I had ds and used non-bio liquid regularily.

new machine (old one broke) and back to bio powder and no problems with machine.

cleaning out the drawer and 2-3 runs on hottest wash with 1/2 a packet of soda crystals then again with bio powder normally cured it for a while, but as the mould is deep in places I could never get to it kept coming back so needed done every month or so.

Nonicknamesleft Mon 25-Jul-11 23:18:14

Also taken all the steps outlined bu RoseC inc Beckmann's product and ours still smells repulsive.

EvilTwins Tue 26-Jul-11 10:05:32

I did the Beckmann's thing yesterday and it seems to have done the trick. Thanks RoseC (and everyone else)

CalamityKate Tue 26-Jul-11 19:46:46

I did the hot wash with bleach thing and was amazed at how much foam was generated. I could have held an Ibiza-style foam party in my kitchen.

Did the trick though.

Sheamy Mon 08-Jun-15 19:38:48

I'm having the same problem.I have tried bleach+soda crystals but to no avail..Will try vinegar nxt,How much do I use+do I put it straight into the drum or in the pwder drawer????

rabbit123 Wed 10-Jun-15 11:01:27

If you use bleach, you only need a TINY drop in the detergent drawer as it's very strong. It foams up and can cause the rubber seal to rot and leak if you use too much.

Smelly, mouldy washers are caused by using liquids, low temperatures or both combined. In 6 years of owning my washer, I've never once had to do this. But I always use powder and regularly wash at 60 and 90 degrees.

JulieElmes65 Wed 10-Jun-15 12:22:51

I've just been browsing through this section and wanted to share the idea of having your oven cleaned regularly by a local professional, it saves me so much time and I can now actually see my food as it cooks its brilliant! Well worth the money!

5YearsTime Wed 10-Jun-15 12:25:04

Don't use vinegar. I did this and it took about 15 cycles for the smell to go. Our clothes smelled rank.

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