Have you ever pulled a load of laundry from your washing machine and thought “I just cleaned these. What is that smell?” Well, it may be coming from your machine. It’s a problem that’s especially common with front-loading washing machines. Most people think because they are using soap in their machines that will automatically clean them. The truth is all that soap can build up and can create problems over time. There are a few things you can do to help solve this issue.
- Keep the door slightly open between loads. Allow the inside of the machine to dry out a little better.
- Use the correct amount and type of detergent. Always use high efficiency detergent. Those are the ones with the HE on the box. HE detergents produce less suds which can build up a film on the drum over time. Using the correct amount of detergent also helps to minimize those suds and the mold they can create.
- Remove your load as soon as it’s done. Don’t let damp clothing sit in the machine for too long. Cut down on the humidity in the drum whenever possible and give it a better chance of drying out between loads.
- Run a hot wash with bleach, then vinegar. Don’t mix the two chemicals but at least monthly it’s a good idea to run a cup or two of bleach through the machine (with no clothes) followed by a cup or two of vinegar. Let the machine dry between the runs and let it rinse completely. If you still notice some trouble spots, especially on the door, use a Q-tip and a solution of water and vinegar to wipe away any mildew.
If your machine isn’t clean your clothes may not be getting truly clean either. If this problem has persisted for a while, bring your clothes to us for a professional laundering. You can even use our pick up and drop off service for added convenience.