How to deal with a smelly washing machine


Washing machineWashing machines - generally one of the hardest working appliances in the house (apart from you, obviously). But what's the solution if a mysterious mouldy pong starts to pervade your house and the source is traced back to your machine?

Before you go on to your own spin cycle, have a gander at Mumsnetters' tips on how to banish horrid smells.

  • Stick the empty washing machine on a 90° wash once a month
  • Do a 60° cycle and use white vinegar in the detergent tray
  • Get a washing machine descaler and do a long 60° washing cycle (empty, of course)
  • Lemon juice - lots of it
  • Do a hot wash with soda crystals thrown in
  • Use biological detergent every now and then
  • Clean the inside of the drum with vinegar, including the seal
  • Use washing powder not liquid

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Last updated: about 3 years ago