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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Then clean the inside of the barrel, the seals, detergent dispenser and door with distilled vinegar in warm water and rag.
  3. Run your machine again, this time just with hot water.
  4. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Use the right amount of detergent. Using too much will cause it to build up, creating mildew.

Need a place to store a washing machine? Choose our self storage units, just make sure it’s been cleaned! For a great guide on washing machine cleaning, check here.