Washing machines can often impart a funny smell to the clothes they are washing, but this odour is usually harmless. However, if your machine smells so bad you can hardly stand it, there may be something wrong with it. Washing machines have an advanced filtration system that ensures that everything remaining gets washed away by water or flushed out with air.
Five (5) reasons why your washing machine could be smelling bad
- A bad smell may indicate that mould or mildew has formed in your washing machine. This often happens because lint and debris are caught behind the washer’s fine mesh filter. Additionally, overuse of powdered detergent or the use of too much softener can result in soap build-up.
- A foul scent can also be caused by bacteria build-up. This is especially likely in areas like India, which are hot, humid, and have low air circulation. As with mildew-related smells, this problem often stems from debris caught behind the washer’s filter or poor cleaning habits.
- Sometimes a bad smell coming from your washing machine is caused by issues with the hot water supply. This issue can usually be fixed by cleaning any calcium build-up inside of the hot water heater tank and/or washing machine.
- As disgusting as it sounds, washing machines that are infrequently used or used for small loads of laundry can also acquire a build-up of mould and bacteria. This is especially true in humid conditions. To prevent this problem, use your washing machine at least once a week. You should also make sure to thoroughly clean and dry out your machine when you discover that it has gotten mouldy.
- Having the hot water heater in your home serviced regularly is important to help avoid bad smells from your washing machine. If you notice sulphur or rotten egg smell coming from the water, this means there is too much sulphur in it. In this case, you should have your hot water heater serviced to avoid problems with the washing machine.
A washing machine with an unpleasant smell needs to be repaired as soon as possible to ensure that the clothes it is washing come out smelling like they should. If you can’t determine what is causing the bad smell, contact a professional appliance repair company for assistance.
Six (6) tips to improve washing machine odour problems
Tip 1: Clean the detergent drawers and trays regularly.
Tip 2: Do not overload the washing machine to maximize water flow through clothes (especially bulky items)
Tip 3: Avoid using fabric softener or adding too much detergent – these reduce the effectiveness of your washing machine’s performance leading to unpleasant odours
Tip 4: Do not leave wet clothes in the drum after the wash cycle – this creates a breeding ground for bacteria and mould to develop
Tip 5: Run a soak wash or dedicated machine cleaner program to destroy any bacteria that may have built up inside the drum of your washing machine.
Tip 6: Clean the rubber seal of your washing machine with a brush every few months to remove soap scum build up.
Remember to always unplug your washing machine before cleaning or carrying out maintenance. Never use caustic materials, bleach or solvents on any parts of your washing machine as this could damage sensitive components and cause a fire risk.