Grumpy’s Tips To Remove Washing Machine Odors
I really hate when there is a washing machine odor! It makes no sense that a device designed to make items smell fresh can end up with a musty smell. If you are here it’s probably because you are dumbfounded by the same dilemma. I have you covered with a few tips.
Old Grumpy’s Quick Solution
- Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with equal amount water
- Use a full container of vinegar with hot water
- With stubborn odors use 4 cups of bleach
- Commercial machine cleaning tablets work well
- Leave the door open when not in use
Odor Eliminator Solutions
The following are four tips to rid your washing machine of that odor. They are organized by order of suggestion.
If you have been to this site before I am sure you have noticed that I cannot stress enough the benefits of Baking Soda. Simply mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with an equal amount of water. Run the washing machine on a full cycle.
The odor may be caused by some mold feeding on leftover water. Vinegar is a natural and safe solution to remove odors and help kill mold. Fill the washer machine with hot water and add a full container of distilled white vinegar. Let the water and vinegar mix for an hour and then run a normal cycle.
Pay attention for specific mold spots in the machine. If you notice any then use a mixture of equal part water and vinegar with a hard surface sponge. After scrubbing the mold away run the machine for a cycle.
If you still have an odor it may be time to bring out the bleach. Chlorine bleach will kill bacteria and mold in the machine that could be causing the odors. Add 4 cups of bleach to an empty washer and then fill it with hot water. Run the washing machine on a full cycle.
This tip is last only because it is not a common household item. Commercial products are known for their specialized uses. I suggest Affresh Washer Machine Cleaner because it works on both top and front-loaded. The directions are straightforward. Toss the tablet into an empty wash cycle.
Grumpy Says: “Pay attention for specific mold spots in the machine.”
Front Loader Tips
Front loader washers can be a little more problematic for odors due to their design. They have a tendency to produce odors because the water does not always completely empty from the drum. You also want to make sure that you use detergents that are specific to front loaders since they produce fewer suds.
Make sure to remove the laundry as soon as the cycle ends to help keep the drum dry. Leave the door open when the machine is not in use to allow moisture to escape. Periodically clean the drum with a home mix solution or commercial washer machine cleaner. For a home mixed solution pour 2 cups of Vinegar and run a normal cycle.
With a front loader, you will want to pay attention to the rubber gasket seal around the door. This area can collect debris and develop mold-friendly environments. If you notice any mold then use a mixture of equal part water and vinegar with a hard surface sponge.
Grumpy Says: “Front loader washers can be a little more problematic for odors due to their design.”