With the Christmas season around the corner, we need all the
help we can get to keep on top of household chores. The
professional cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID, share some top tips to
ensure that your trusted appliances don't let you down before the
heavy Christmas work-out.
We use our washing machines to remove the grime and odours - so
the last thing we want is for the washing machine itself to start
smelling. Try some of the below tips:
Run a service wash
Most people wash their clothes at 40°C or less. This is a great
way to save money on energy bills and is better for the
environment, but there is a down side. Washing at these
temperatures will not completely rid your washing machine of mould
and bacteria. Instead, you need to run a service wash to deal with
A service wash means spinning the machine without any clothes in
at a high temperature. Ideally done once a month, most
manufacturers now recommend you use a certain cycle to do this or
provide a special drum-cleaning program. Your instruction manual
should have this information.
Turn off your machine
The next steps require you to perform some maintenance on the
machine. So before starting, turn off your washing machine and then
Clean the seal, drawer and filter
Mould and bacteria can fester in the rubber seal around the door
hole. After washing have a look at the seal to see if it needs a
scrub - doing this regularly can help prevent the build-up of mould
and bacteria. If mould has had too long to fester, it may have sunk
into the porous rubber of the seal and be impossible to remove. If
this happens, you may want to replace the door seal. Mould and
bacteria also have a tendency to build up in the detergent drawer
and lint filter.
Leave the door and drawer open
Leaving the machine's door ajar after washing allows air to
circulate in the drum and helps prevent the growth of mould and
bacteria. You should also leave your machine's detergent drawer
partly open for the same reason.
Check the stand pipe
If bad smells continue, you may have a partial blockage in the
standpipe. If you suspect this is the case, use a drain unblocker
to try and clear the pipe.
Many top manufacturers recommend people to pour 2 mugs of white
vinegar in the empty drum of the machine (nothing else in it) and
put it on a full cycle at the highest temperature it will go to.
What this does is removes all the lime scale build-up, and any soap
scum that is still in the machine or pipes.
Tumble dryers can often suffer from musty smells and can quickly
ruin, a fresh smelling clean load of laundry. MOLLY MAID recommends
going through the following checklist to locate the source of the
- Remove the dryer vent and vacuum out any debris or lint that
may have become trapped.
- Check the area where the vent attaches to the dryer as well as
the vent that connects to the outdoors if not using a condenser
- Lint that becomes trapped in these vents can stay damp and hold
the musty smell. As the dryer is running, the odour is pushed back
into the laundry.
- If the load is too large, it may be taking too long to dry. As
the laundry sits in the warm air, the damp clothing creates the
perfect environment for the musty smell.
- Have your water checked. If your water is hard or has sulphur
in it, it can lead to odours on the laundry. While the smells may
be mild when wet, some minerals smell much stronger after being
heated and "cooked" by the dryer. A water softener or filtration
system may help.
Tracking down dishwasher odours can be annoying and frustrating.
There are many causes of foul odours in your dishwasher, but
finding and eliminating the cause of the odours requires a series
of troubleshooting steps and a little patience.
- Clean the drain filter. Remove the bottom rack, then
remove and clean the filter. Wipe the filter housing with a damp
- Look for food particles on the door gasket and the surfaces of
the door that meet with the gasket. Wipe the gasket and the
door surfaces with a damp cloth. Also wipe the door seal inside the
dishwasher at the bottom of the door.
- Make sure there is no water pooled in the bottom of the
dishwasher. This is typically the result of turning off the
dishwasher before it finished its cycle the last time it was run.
If you see standing water in the bottom of the dishwasher, run a
"rinse and hold" cycle. Check the drain hose for obstructions if
there is still water in the bottom of the dishwasher after running
it through a full cycle.
- Do not leave dirty dishes in the dishwasher for long
periods. Run a "rinse and hold" cycle if you are not going to
turn the dishwasher on straight away.
- Run the dishwasher through a regular wash cycle and, after the
first rinse, open the dishwasher and place a 30 ml cup of distilled
white vinegar on the top rack. Then let the dishwasher
complete the wash cycle.