Odor in your washing machine or laundry can sometimes be difficult to get rid of. Rather than mask the odor with fragrance, this article will give tips on how to get rid of the source of that mildew odor and keep it away!
Note: Many users like to leave the washer door open to get rid of mildew odor. It does lessen odor by drying out the odor-causing residue but makes it more difficult to remove. Also, the residue is still present upon the next wash. If your washer smells with the door open or closed - it's time to clean it!
Odor is usually noticed in towels before the clothes washer because cotton towels are thicker and used close to the face when wet. Using a towel that smells of mold and mildew when we're drying off after a shower can leave bad smell behind. We can get used to that smell but other people can smell it and it can be embarassing. Before attempting to remove odor from towels and other laundry it's necessary to clean the odor-causing residue from your washer.
Bleach is the most commonly used cleaner to kill the mold and bacteria growing in our machines. Available since the early 1900's, it's used to sanitize and remove odor. Care should be taken when using to avoid spilling, contact with skin or breathing fumes. DO NOT MIX BLEACH WITH ANYTHING as dangerous gases can form to cause illness or even death. Another option is vinegar to kill the mold spores and bacteria. A cup of white, distilled vinegar added to wash can help with odor.
Persistent or returning odor in your washer or laundry is a sure sign of remaining residue inside the washing machine. The odor-causing residue can be stubborn to remove. Since we created the first washing machine deodorizer in 2006 a few major corporations have jumped on board with their version of washing machine cleaner but, whatever you use, it's important to weigh cost, effectiveness and the environment when making a decision on what to use.
Smelly Washer can also be mixed in a spray bottle of warm water to clean the detergent drawer, rubber door gasket, or under the lid – all those hard-to-reach places! Just spray liberally and allow to soak. This method is also great to remove mildew stains from showers and tile grout.