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How to get rid of the smell in a washing machine?

Your washing machine smells and you're afraid that your laundry will also smell. There's a good chance that this is due to built-up grease. This is an accumulation of skin cells and soap residue, among other things. Time to remove the smell from your washing machine. For example, by running a hot program or cleaning the soap dish. Read how to remove odors from a washing machine here.

Tip 1: run a hot program

Samsung washing machine

By running a hot program every month, you can remove the grease and prevent nasty odors. Keep in mind that bacteria only die at a temperature of 60°C and up.

  • Empty the drum.
  • Select a 90°C or 95°C cycle.
  • Leave the washing machine door open after the program so the drum dries completely.

Tip 2: clean the rubber ring

Washing machine drum

There's a lot of dirt in the rubber ring of the washing machine door. That's not strange, as a lot of the dirt disappears to your washing machine filter via the rubber. Make sure to regularly clean the ring.

  • Add a splash of dish soap to hot water.
  • Soak a clean cloth in the water and wipe the entire rubber ring.
  • Carefully scrub away stubborn dirt with an old toothbrush.
  • Clean the rubber with a clean cloth.

Tip 3: empty the washing machine filter

Washing machine drain filter

Grease tends to build up in the filter on the front, which causes a nasty odor. By emptying and cleaning the filter, you can prevent foul smells:

  • Place an empty container under the filter.
  • Open the lid.
  • Drain the washing machine via the drain hose and carefully remove the filter.
  • Rinse the gray goo from the filter with warm water from the faucet.
  • Put the filter back again and close the hatch once the filter is clean.

Tip 4: wipe the detergent drawer

Detergent drawer

Clean the soap dish to remove grease and odors:

  • Carefully pull the soap dish out of your washing machine.
  • Rinse the soap residues with hot water.
  • Dry all parts with a clean cloth.
  • Put the detergent drawer back.

Prevent smells

Now that your washing machine is clean again, you want it to stay that way. The good news is that you don't have to do all these steps at the same time. For example, you can run a 90-degree cycle every month and plan a moment to clean the rubber. Check the filter every other months and make sure to clean the detergent drawer when you do. Added bonus: your washing machine will last a lot longer, too.

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