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It smells bad from the washing machine: what to do


A source: Good Housekeeping

Have you noticed that lately the washing machine smells not so pleasant, and worse, a heavy smell comes from, among other things, freshly washed things?

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If you are used to washing at low temperatures and economy modes, be prepared for the fact that this creates conditions for the development of germs and bacteria right in the washing machine. They give this disgusting musty "aroma", which can be transmitted by linen, writes Good Housekeeping.

According to statistics from researchers, one of the four things that are erased in a car at 40 degrees Celsius and below (100-104 Fahrenheit) contains traces of bacteria associated with faeces. We can prevent the process, only if we erase on 60 (140) degrees, but not all things are allowed to be washed at this temperature, in addition, it will cost you more.

What can be done?

  1. Clean the machine regularly, paying particular attention to the detergent drawer and the door seals - this is where germs accumulate.
  2. For deeper cleaning, try using special detergents for washing machines. The editors used one of these tools, promising to kill 99,9% bacteria. At the very least, the smell was better. It is recommended to add powder or liquid to the powder compartment every 2 of the month and start the machine without laundry at 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit).
  3. As a more budgetary alternative, bleach can be used for deep cleaning. Add a standard dose to the detergent compartment and start the car with cold or cool water without things. Diluted bleach will help clean the sealing gum around the drum.
  4. Leave the door open between washings to help circulate air and prevent mold growth.
  5. Check the drain filter regularly. Before opening it, substitute a basin or other container - usually quite a lot of water pours out of it.

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