by Karen Bates
(last updated April 20, 2009)
Perhaps the idea of needing to clean out a washing machine seems a little silly. After all, the washing machine is an appliance that you use all the time to wash clothes, so naturally it should stay clean. After all, it's constantly cleaning itself when you run a load of laundry, right?
The truth, though, is that washing machines should be cleaned regularly. Yes, most of the dirt from loads of laundry goes out with the discarded water, but not all of it. The inside of the machine can collect dirt from dirty clothes washed in numerous loads of laundry, and sometimes smells can develop inside the washing machine. Soap can also build up over time and affect the ability of your machine to clean at its full potential. When a film of dirt and soap is present, the machine can't do its job as well as it should.
Don't worry, though; giving your washing machine a good cleaning isn't very difficult, and it is possible to get that gross smell out. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps:
Now that your washing machine is clean, it is ready to take on more loads of laundry. Repeat this process whenever you notice a musty smell in the washer. Also, it can help to leave the lid open after washes to allow the interior to dry out.
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