Keeping your home clean is not just a pragmatic move but also something that contributes to the mental health of all the inhabitants. Pleasant aromas and the overall aesthetics of the place can affect just how pleasant you feel with your own home, which can be a major factor for the overall ambience in the place. Therefore, keeping your home clean needs to become a top priority.
Washing your clothes is one of the most important steps for your home’s hygiene. However, aside from health benefits, the end result should also be a more pleasant smell of the clothes, that might make life easier for anyone that finds themselves with you in closed off tight quarters. Unfortunately, if your washing machine has developed mould or mildew, this might become quite problematic, due to the fact that washing clothes might start having an adverse effect.
Therefore, you need to learn how to deal with this issue, so here are several things you need to keep in mind when you start noticing musty washing machine odours.
1. The Natural Remedy
As we already mentioned, a mould is the most likely culprit behind this problem, so, a natural remedy of adding ½ cup of baking soda to 2 cups of white distilled vinegar may fix the solution. However, this only works if it’s the smell from the stale water that’s trapped in the hoses. Keep in mind, nonetheless, that this might not always fix the issue.
Another thing you might want to try out here is bleach, seeing as how pouring it in the power draw and running machine on a 60 wash cycle may fix the issue.
One more natural remedy that you want to try out is the idea of running an empty washing machine with eucalyptus oil in the water. By doing so, you might remove debris from the hose of your machine. For this to work, nonetheless, you need to start for a minute or two, let the machine rest overnight and then continue (and wrap up) the wash the next day.
2. Using Chemicals
The use of Clorox might also help, especially if the mould is growing inside of the machine (not only in the hose). Therefore, adding two cups of Clorox and putting it on a soak cycle might help the issue. Once you’re done, leave the door of the washing machine open, so that this chemical can be aired out.
Another solution that you might want to try out is Domestos or at least some soda crystals. The first method is fairly similar to what we’ve discussed in the previous paragraph, while the latter definitely can’t hurt. Simply put, this is, more or less, an alternative to the above-discussed eucalyptus oil-based technique. Nonetheless, the fact that one of them failed, doesn’t mean that you should refrain from trying out the other.
3. Replacing Parts
In order to fully cleanse your washing machine, you might need to tear it apart, which gives you another unique opportunity. Here, you could try out replacing old and worn out parts and, in this way avoid the need to replace the entire appliance, which is a much costlier process. For this to work, nonetheless, you need someone skilled enough to fix it, as well as adequate washing machine parts. Keep in mind that no matter how many YouTube tutorials you watch; this is still not a substitute for the real experience. This means that a DIY attempt at repair is more likely to result in an even greater malfunction.
4. Proper Maintenance
At the end of the day, you need to understand that fixing the issue won’t solve much if you allow the problem to return, later on. Some of these mistakes are even closely tied to the management of the laundry. This includes errors like not using enough detergent, not regularly cleaning the washing machine, as well as under- or over-filling it. Either way, regardless if a musky odour is present or not, these several maintenance tips are more than worth learning.
Sometimes, nonetheless, the mildew and mould issue simply won’t go away no matter what you do and the cost-efficiency of the repair will be such that purchasing a new washing machine will be a frugal option. Still, from the standpoint of your budget, the most wasteful thing you can do is not try to find a solution prior to opting for a new buy. With the above-listed tips, you might just stand a chance.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.
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