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How to Get Rid of Smelly Washing Machine Odors

  • Published: 2014-04-12 (Revised/Updated 2015-01-23) : Disabled World (Disabled World).
  • Synopsis: Tips and hints to clean and eliminate the odor from dirty washing machines that cause your clothes to smell.

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Quote: "Run a hot wash cycle with a couple of Milton sterilizing tablets in it, then leave the machine door open overnight."

There can be many causes for a smelly washing machine. Odors can be caused by a build-up of bacteria, slime, mildew or soap scum, accumulating in the internals. Odor can also be due to poor drainage from the washer which will cause the dirty water to become stagnant in the machine, allowing bacteria in the water to grow.

By performing a regular monthly service wash the build up of limescale and detergent, which is often the cause of a smelly washing machine, will be kept at bay greatly increasing the life of your machine. Use a good quality limescale and detergent remover such as the Indesit Company Professional Home Care Product. Simply empty the contents of a sachet (there are 10 sachets in a pack) in to the drum of the washing machine, add 2 large older towels, select the hottest wash cycle on the machine and turn it on. Don't select pre-wash or the machine will empty before the main wash starts.

Tips for Cleaning Smelly Washing Machines:

Commercial Products for Cleaning Washing Machines:

NOTE: Never use bleach or any detergent containing bleach at the same time as ammonia.

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