Why Your Washing Machine Smells

So, what can you do to fix a washing machine that smells bad and why does it happen anyway? This is a more common problem than you might think, and it can happen to all kinds of washing machine after repeated use. Although it has to be said that this is a problem more common in front-loaded washing machines.

But whatever type of washing machine you have the chances are that you will come across this problem at some point. While it might seem like a perfect case of irony that a machine designed to wash clothes can smell bad it does make a kind of sense, doesn’t it?

So Why Does This Happen?

So, why does your washing machine smell bad then? This problem occurs because your washing machine’s drum will collect soap scum, dirt and general debris over time. Because your washing machine is both hot and damp issues like mildew, mould and bacteria can quickly grow out of control and cause further problems.

mould and mildew

This kind of problem is even more common in front-loaded washing machines because they use a lot less water. This does have many benefits but does make this particular problem more common and difficult to deal with. This issue can also be made a lot worse if you use the wrong soap detergent or soap softener in your washing machine.

So, as you can see there are a lot of ways this problem can occur and while it might not seem overly serious there is nothing more annoying than taking a bunch of clothes out of your washing machine that might look clean to the naked eye but still smell terrible. So, let’s take a look at how you can go about fixing this problem in more detail.

How Do I Fix This Problem?

Now there is some good news because there are a number of ways you can fix this problem since this is a common issue with front-loaded washing machines some of our suggestions will only work with them. But others will work on all models of washing machine, so without further ado let’s take a look at how you can fix a smelly washing machine.

Clean The Door Gaskets

Clean The Door Gaskets

Certain kinds of washing machines including front-loaded ones will collect waste and debris around the rubber seals of their doors. You should regularly inspect these rubber seals and try to remove any debris quickly. Make sure you wipe them down and clean these gaskets often as well to ensure they are always clean.

Check The Filters

Drain trap filter

This seems like one that everyone should know but you’d be surprised by how people forget to do this. The filter on your washing machine does a lot of important jobs so make sure you regularly clean out any lint build-up in your washing machine’s drain trap filter.

Look After Your Washing Machine’s Drum

Look After Your Washing Machine’s Drum

Since this issue is all really about the drum on your washing machine you can help fix it by simply keeping a closer eye on the drum and being a little more vigilant. Remove any washing promptly once a cycle is finished and leave the door open instead of closed when the washing machine isn’t being used.

This will help moisture escape from the machine. Another great way to protect your washing machine’s drum is to use a fan or dehumidifier to help reduce moisture and improve the airflow. With these simple moves, you can make a big difference.

Getting Rid Of The Smell

Getting Rid Of The Smell

The above tips where all about preventing a smelly washing machine but this method will help you get rid of the smell if you’re already experiencing it. You’ll need a few different components but it’s very easy, quick and most importantly effective.

What You Need:

  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 cups of white vinegar

Known by some as the baking soda method this is a more gentle and effective way of getting rid of nasty smells. First of all, mix and ¼ cup of baking soda with a ¼ cup of water and add it your washing machine’s detergent draw. Then add two cups of white vinegar to the washing machine’s drum and then run a cycle on a high heat setting.

Baking soda and white vinegar

Then all you need to do is clear out the drum with a wet sponge (use the same water/ vinegar mixture) and your machine should be as good as new. Baking soda and vinegar are an effective pairing that can easily break down mould, dirt, and grime and it will certainly help get rid of any nasty odours.

If this problem ever happens again simply repeat the process and if you want to be on safe side simply carry it out once a month.

Why Do My Clothes Smell After Washing?

If your clothes smell after washing, several factors could be at play. Here are some common reasons and helpful solutions:

  • Incorrect Detergent Use: Ensure you are using the right amount and type of detergent for your clothes. Too much detergent can leave residues, while too little may not clean effectively. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for the best results.
  • Overloading the Machine: Overloading your washing machine can prevent clothes from being cleaned thoroughly. Make sure to load your machine according to its capacity to allow for proper agitation and rinsing.
  • Poor Ventilation: A poorly ventilated washing machine can lead to moisture build-up and mould growth. This mould can transfer to your clothes, causing them to smell musty. Keep the washing machine door open after each wash to allow air circulation and reduce moisture.
  • Washing Machine Maintenance: Regularly clean your washing machine to prevent the build-up of detergent, fabric softener, and dirt. Run an empty wash cycle with a cup of white vinegar or a specialized washing machine cleaner to eliminate any odours and residues.
  • Water Temperature: Using the correct water temperature is crucial. Hot water can kill bacteria and remove odours more effectively than cold water. However, always check your clothing labels to avoid damaging your garments.

If you’ve tried all these solutions and your clothes still smell bad, it’s time to call in our professional team. Persistent smells can indicate deeper issues within the machine, such as mould growth in hard-to-reach areas or malfunctioning parts.

Our experts can quickly diagnose and resolve the issue, ensuring your washing machine operates at its best and your clothes come out smelling fresh and clean.

Why There is a Burning Smell in the Washing Machine

A burning smell coming from your washing machine can be alarming and is usually a sign that something is wrong. Here are some common reasons for this issue:

  • Overheating Motor: The motor in your washing machine can overheat due to overuse or a malfunction, causing a burning smell. This can happen if the machine is overloaded or if there’s a problem with the motor’s cooling system.
  • Belt Issues: If your washing machine uses a belt-driven system, the belt can become worn or slip out of place, causing friction that leads to a burning smell. A damaged belt may need to be replaced.
  • Electrical Problems: Faulty wiring or electrical components can create a burning smell. This is a serious issue that needs immediate attention to prevent potential fire hazards.
  • Drum or Tub Rubbing: Sometimes, the inner drum or tub may rub against other parts of the machine due to misalignment or wear and tear. This friction can produce a burning odour.
  • Lint Build-Up: Lint and other debris can accumulate in the washing machine’s internal components, such as the motor or heating element, causing them to overheat and emit a burning smell.

If you notice a burning smell from your washing machine or any electrical appliance, it’s important to act quickly. Unplug the appliance immediately if the smell is coming from the machine itself.

We advise against attempting to repair the washing machine yourself unless you have experience with electrical and appliance repairs.

For your safety and peace of mind, contact our expert engineers to inspect and repair your washing machine. We offer professional repair services to ensure your appliance is safe and functional. Our team is here to help you with any concerns and provide the best solutions for your needs.

Trust Repair Aid for Expert Washing Machine Care

When it comes to professional appliance service, Repair Aid is your go-to expert. We specialise in fixing any problems with any make and model of washing machines, providing you with peace of mind and hassle-free laundry days.

Our team of experienced technicians is trained to handle all types of washing machine issues, from minor repairs to major overhauls. We offer a full range of services, including diagnostics, repairs, maintenance, and installation, ensuring your washing machine is always in top condition.

For expert advice and professional washing machine services, call our Customer Support team at 020 7183 6944. Let us help you keep your washing machine in perfect working order and your clothes smelling fresh and clean.

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