Its so important to keep your washing machine nice and clean as detergent alone isn’t enough to keep your clothes smelling nice and fresh.
Washing machines gain horrible smells from the build up of odours caused by the dirt they remove from your clothes and the hard water. Dirt sticks to the drum and builds up hence the reason we need to keep our machines nice and clean.
Tips to keep it clean.
When not is use try to leave the tray open slightly just so this gets some air and dries out. This little tray is on and off being wet and never really gets the chance to dry out. Once a week I take my tray out and soak it in warm soapy water with a capful of bleach and then I dry it well before I pop it back in. I also clean the space it comes from putting my arm right in and giving it a good clean and dry.
When your machine has finished a cycle try and take your clothes out immediately don’t leave them in for too long as this can cause damp smells.
If you use your machine a lot a once a week give it a good deep clean is good. Just run the machine on an empty wash along with a washing machine cleaner or use your detergent with a capful of bleach. This will help keep your machine smelling nice and fresh.
Then wipe inside the machine all around the drum with a nice clean soapy cloth.
Also weekly try to give the rubber seal a good wipe, use your detergent with bleach or mix some bicarbonate of soda with some white wine vinegar and use a small brush to get right into the rubber. The rubber seal picks up all sorts of dirt from your clothes and will also pick up minerals and hard water.
The filter at the bottom of the machine will need to be emptied regularly, try to do this at least once a month. Plus if you can access the back of your machine easily check the water supply pipe for any build up of dirt.