Removing Odors From Your Wash Machine

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Home Inspector with Progressive Property Inspections

There are some absolutely disgusting things that go in your clothes washer from dirty socks, to infant clothes and more but if you have ever had a wash machine with a bad odor there is no comparison. Over time, you may begin to notice that your wash machine begins to develop an order from a build up of residue. This is a signal that it may be time to clean your washer. To start off decide where the source of the smell is originating. Typically the cause is your washer but every once in awhile it may be from the water supply. So double check your water supply before beginning to make your washer out to be the culprit.

After you eliminate any other possibilities and you are sure that it is your washer it's time to begin cleaning. To start off with get a a bucket and some nice hot water and scrub that washer down. Next, create a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

  • Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to 2-3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Quick Disclaimer: always make sure you mix appropriate substances, read lables carefully before mixing.

Next, begin a wash cycle using the machines hottest setting. As the machine fills, add the baking soda and vinegar mixture. Let the wash machine complete a full cycle. Lastly, run a second cold water cycle to complete the process. You should immediately clean any loose residue and rinse any areas that require a little extra attention. The odor should now be neutralized.

 

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Posted By: Randy King - Principal Inspector - Progressive Property Inspections

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Vickie McCartney
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY
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Hi Randy~  Thanks for the tips for cleaning the washer!  I have a front load and there are products out there to use that you can buy already made to put in the washer and it works!

November 23, 2010 08:34 PM
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
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Good tips -- this works -- have done this in the past --

November 23, 2010 11:28 PM
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