A homemaker realizes that a pile of dirty clothes and soiled linen can give off an unpleasant odor. If you assume that the odor will go away, after the dirty clothes washed properly, it might not be true. Of course, if the washer smells bad, the cleaned garments and linen will become a source of that same smell. That is why it is important to ensure that the washer is aired and dry before a new load is washed.
How to eliminate the odor?
The foul-smelling air is produced by a washing machine comes from mold or mildew. If either of those plants fails to find a suitable environment, it cannot thrive and grow. A washer with open lids prevents creation of such an environment, because it causes the evaporation of any moisture that remains in the washer’s drum or in the detergent compartment.
Both bleach and vinegar kill an odor, because both destroy the environment that suits both mold and mildew. Both of those chemicals can alter the pH of a wiped surface. Bleach makes that surface too basic, and vinegar makes it too acidic. Almost every living thing prefers a habitat with a pH close to that of water.
Wipe down any surface on which mildew or mold might have formed. Wipe the walls of the drum, the lid and the rim of the washer’s door. Be sure to open the windows after wiping the surface. After you have wiped all the exposed surfaces, run the washing machine, using a regular wash cycle. If the smell persists, call on the appliance repair experts in Thornhill.
Possible follow-up to that wipe-down with vinegar or bleach
If the smell persists, following that wipe-down, that fact indicates the presence of mold spores inside of the appliance. Only a professional technician has the sort of equipment and training that can guarantee the elimination of that lingering odor.
Proper maintenance helps prevent a re-appearance of the unpleasant smell.
Do not store dirty clothes in the washing machine. Throw them in the drum when it is time to run the appliance’s wash cycle.
Do not forget to leave the lid to both the drum and the detergent compartment open, whenever you are not using the washing machine.
Do your best to keep any piece of lint from making its way into the compartment with the washer’s working parts. A dirty piece of lint could carry mold spores. It helps to remove any items that might have become stuck to the drum’s sides.
A thin fiber could work its way into a hole on the drum’s side. Pick off any strings or fibers that might be sticking on any garment. Make sure to check all the pockets and to remove any items found inside.