To quickly and effectively get rid of unwanted washing machine smell, its is crucial that you first learn how to identify and spot the possible causes of bad odor and why there are mildew smells. Not in all cases the smelly washing machine comes from mildew or mold, even though bacteria and build up grease are still the number one causes of weird rotting smells around door gaskets or water hoses.
While many modern washers, especially front load washing machines offer energy efficiency saving wash cycles at low temperatures (even below 90 degrees Fahrenheit), this is not recommended.
Cleaning clothes at such low water temperature does not completely kill all the bacteria that not only create musty moldy washing machine odor, but they all rot your washer machine inside out over time.
So to effectively save on energy and water usage, while keeping your machine free of bad smells, you should do the laundry with water temperatures of ideally 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, with shorter time washing cycles.
Another practice that brings very good result is to regularly run service maintenance wash without any clothing. This is particularly true if you often use organic washing machine detergents which contain very low or no bleach at all.
While mild liquid detergents that preserve colors of fabric may be favorite choices of many families, they have their downsides. That is eco detergents are not as good at killing bacteria and removing grease from fibers of fabric, especially on dirty sportswear, which contain lots of human sweat.
Running service wash should be carried out without any laundry, and preferably with bleach concentrated washer detergents or dissolved soda crystals, on hot wash (almost boil temperature), to kill off mildew or bacteria causing black mould and grease.
Also, when doing your regular laundry, don't forget to remove the clothes as soon as the washing cycle is finished. This way you can keep the machine dry and reduce moisture inside the drum which promote bacteria growth and create those musty washing machine smells.
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