Smell coming from washing machine

If you have a smell coming from your washing machine or the clothes even when they have just been washed, then it is time to have a look at the root cause.

Step 1

Give your washing machine a maintenance wash. This is a special cycle done without any clothes inside so that the drum gets a good clean and gets rid of excess detergent or dirt that has built up over time. If your particular machine does not have a maintenance wash then set it to the hottest wash cycle and again leave it empty. You can even run this a couple of times if it is particularly dirty or repeat this on a more frequent basis rather than leaving it to get dirty again.

Using either a homemade or shop bought chemicals to put through this was cycle will also help. You can choose to go with some baking soda and vinegar, some bleach or domestos from around the house or use some specific products designed specifically for this purpose. (Warning- Do Not mix and chemical products together as they can react.) If you choose to use bleach, make sure that you wash the drum down afterwards and put your washing machine through a rinse wash after wards to ensure that the bleach is completely removed before putting in any clothes. Bleach faded jeans are best kept in the 1980’s…

You can even start the maintenance mode cycle with your cleaning product in it then pause the machine and allow the cleaning agent to soak and permeate the machine for a few hours or even over night and finish the cycle the next day. This gives maximum time for the cleaning agents to work.

Step 2

Clean round the washing machine door and pay attention to the rubber seals which slowly collect dirt and soap over time. If this is left for too long, it can over time begin to smell or at the very least make your clothes dirty.

Step 3

Clean out your detergent drawer. If you can see that the soap and dirt build up is particularly bad then remove the drawer completely and soak it in hot soapy water and clean it out properly using a washing brush or a toothbrush to get into the small gaps. Leave to dry thoroughly before replacing drawer back into the washing machine.

Step 4

If your washing machine is still causing a smell and making the clothes smell you may have to call in Glasgow Plumbing Services to look at plumbing issues around the washing machine or to check for blocked pipes.

Extra Tip

Leaving the door open after your washing machine has finished its cycle allows the drum to dry out therefore preventing the build-up of water and water borne bacteria which can also be a cause of the bad odours.

If you clean your washing machine once a month this should prevent any buildup of dirt, soap and bacteria leading to foul smells and bad smelling clothes.

If you have tried these simple fixes yourself and are still having problems, then there may be a problem with the water pipes coming in and out of your washing machine. That’s the time to call Glasgow Plumbing Services on 0141-530-1315.

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