In most cases we rarely think that washing machines need cleaning, since after all they are made for cleaning. Unfortunately that is not always the case. In some cases the moisture inside the machine can cause mildew growth and that can easily be detected by the underlying smell. If you smell something unpleasant, then this means you will need to fix things as soon as possible by getting to cleaning right away. This can be done in a few steps:
- Cleaning the seals
The first step to proper cleaning of your washing machine is to eliminate all mold and traces thereof. To achieve that you will need a few rags and a spray bottle of water and bleach. Use a 10:1 ratio between both and you will have a good mix for that. You should start by opening the washer door, beginning your cleaning on the rubber seal around it. You can work on flipping it inside out so you can clean it or you can curl your fingers around it to get it done. Once you get behind the seal make sure you first wipe it around with a dry rag. If you notice any mold or mildew on the rag, then you will need to wipe as much as you can before you move on to the next step. You need to spray the seal and behind it to ensure you disinfect it. You can either use a mixture of bleach like we mentioned earlier or you could work with distilled white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. If you’re not dealing with a bad case of mold, you can pretty much fix the issue with just those two, rather than bleach.
- Cleaning the hoses and basin
If you have mildew and and mold behind the seal of the washer, then this means you will likely have more of it somewhere else in the washer. If you want to clean the entire washer, then you will either focus on buying an expensive cleaning product made for washing machines or you can once again turn to your good, old and trusty bottle of bleach. If you focus on using bleach, you should make sure you have nothing in the washer, then pour a cup of bleach inside the detergent compartment and set it to a long cycle. Make sure you use hot water and put an extra rinse cycle in the end. If you smell any bleach or musty smells after the cycle, you should run another one until you’re sure it smells clean.
- How to keep mold at bay
Once you have the washer nice and clean, you should make sure you keep mold away. You can usually do that with ease, as most washers with front-load configurations are very well-sealed. The top loaders however are not quite like that, so they may need to be opened for proper air flow so they won’t create a humid environment good for mold growth.