You must have noticed that sometime after you start using your washing machine there is bad odor in it which is very hard to ignore or get rid of.
There are several common reasons for this odor issue:
* Multiple short runs in low heat - new laundry programs designed for light washing are short and use colder water. As a result there is not enough time to exterminate the bacteria that reside in the washing machine.
* Lack of proper dry-out of the washing machine - bacteria thrive in moist environment, such as the closed detergent chamber.
* Excessive use of laundry softener, even the newest formulas.
* Remains of food in the pockets, napkins or gum - once mixed with water all these present favorable environment for the development of bacteria.
* Claque - usually develops after 2-3 years of use.
* Drainage issues - it is possible that the machine drainage mechanism was installed wrongly.
* Clean each part of the machine with suitable detergent.
* Clean the inner parts of the machine by operating it, empty, with detergent used to clean the dish-washer.
* Replace the rubber ring at the door of the machine, especially if you can see spots of fungi.
* Operate the washing machine empty with detergent and bleach, full power. Then operate the machine empty again, this time with no detergent at all, to remove any remains of detergent.
* Invite an expert to examine specific malfunctions.
* Leave the door / lead and the detergent chamber open after use, to allow drying of the machine.
* Collect the laundry in a designated basket, do not hold it in the washing machine.
* Every now and then try a new type of detergent.
* Don't use too much softener.
* Try to remove remains of food before inserting into laundry.
* Occasionally clean the draining pipe.
* Every 3-4 months take measures to remove claque.
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