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OK, so my washing machine smells bad - what to do?

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3boys1cat Tue 05-Feb-13 14:25:32

I (actually my husband) have cleaned the filter (not much in it) and also ran it on its hottest wash with some white vinegar in it. Still smells bad....

Any products I can buy to refresh my machine??

Many thanks

ilovepowerhoop Tue 05-Feb-13 18:57:35

did you clean out the dispenser drawer and the bit that the drawer fits into? Did you also clean the rubber seal as black crud can build up in the folds and make it smell?

ilovepowerhoop Tue 05-Feb-13 18:58:48

p.s. do you use powder or liquid? Liquids dont contain bleach and can lead to a build up of slime in the drum. Powders contain bleach and help keep the drum cleaner.

SingSongMummy Tue 05-Feb-13 20:28:50

I bought something brilliant in Sainsbury's called Dr something service wash (sorry, can't remember the real name), full of evil chemicals which really sorted it out!

devonsmummy Tue 05-Feb-13 20:37:40

Soda crystals & the hottest wash
Some in the drawer & some in the machine

devonsmummy Tue 05-Feb-13 20:41:32

Also check the pipe which blames out the back - it can get quite slimy & stinky

Mooycow Wed 06-Feb-13 16:25:10

I use 2 dishwasher tablets on a very hot wash no clothes obv?
works a treat

BoffinMum Wed 06-Feb-13 18:53:13

HG Service Wash, or alternatively clean all the removable parts, scrub the underside of the plastic around the powder dispenser drawer to get all the mould off, then run a 90C wash with a cup of cheap biological soap powder in it, and an old towel. All the gunk will come off your machine and it will smell like new.

<preens> I will be on Superscrimpers demonstrating this exact technique probably next month. <preens again> Film crew had to stand outside in the snow while they filmed me demonstrating it in my utility room. I was not the most popular person after that!

3boys1cat Thu 07-Feb-13 14:10:10

Thanks all - will try and sort it out this weekend!

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