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If you have bad odor coming from your washing machine, chances are that you have some mildew build up. This is a fairly normal occurrence if you aren’t used to owning a washing machine. The cleaning is easy, but it’s the keeping up with the prevention that is the hard part.
Keep Your Washing Machine Healthy
Part 1: Cleaning
So your washing machine smells. The first step is to clean it out and here is how:
- Pour two cups of white vinegar into where you put the detergent. Then run your machine on it’s regular cycle but using hot water.
- Then clean the inside of the barrel, the seals, detergent dispenser and door with distilled vinegar in warm water and rag.
- Run your machine again, this time just with hot water.
- Let the machine air out with the door open for a few hours.
Part 2: Prevention
Let’s never have this mildew problem again by taking care of our machine as we use it.
- Clean the drain pump periodically. There is a trap the keeps coins, lint and anything else that comes off your clothes. Your machines manual should have the steps to do so. Do this twice a month.
- Wash in hot water once per week. Even if you don’t have any clothes inside, using hot water will kill bacteria that cause mildew.
- Use proper laundry detergent. Using cheap or old detergent gives a better chance for mildew to build up. If you have an expensive machine, don’t cheap out on what you put it in.
- Use the right amount of detergent. Using too much will cause it to build up, creating mildew.
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