The washing machine is one of the appliances that we use almost daily and therefore needs a lot of care.
To keep clothes clean, you must first keep the appliance clean that cleans and disinfects them.
Sometimes it happens that the laundry, just out of the washing machine, smells bad. Instinctively you have probably added laundry detergent or fabric softener, but this is not the solution.
There could be many causes, but the first step is to regularly clean your washing machine and its gaskets.
Read on and we will explain how to clean the washing machine seal to prevent unsanitary situations and bad smells.
Why is it important to keep the washing machine clean?
The washing machine needs constant maintenance of all its parts, especially the gasket. The gasket is in fact almost in direct contact with the clothes inside the washing machine and the possible presence of dirt nestled inside will certainly worsen the quality of the wash. Keeping the washer seal always well cleaned will not only allow it to perform a good job during the washing cycles but will allow the seal itself not to be damaged and last longer over time.
How to clean the washer seal?
Preventing possible problems by regularly taking care of the washing machine gasket will also save you from resorting to an expert and wasting money on something that you could have prevented with simple precautions, almost at no cost. Here are some effective tips on how to clean the washer seal!
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar
The first method we recommend is very effective and should be used about twice a month, so as to avoid obstructions and accumulation of dirt and dust in your washing machine. For this type of cleaning, you will need to use commonly used products available in any kitchen. To get started, I’ll list below what you will need and then we’ll see how to use them:
- 1 empty bottle with spray nozzle
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- ½ bottle of degreaser
- Lemon juice (optional)
Now just pour the baking soda and vinegar into the bottle with the degreaser; close the bottle with the spout and shake the contents for a few seconds. At this point, you can spray the mixture on the surface of the gasket, especially on the inside, and leave it to act for about 10 minutes. Finally, you can start scrubbing and removing the mixture from the gasket which will also take away all residual dirt. For a more natural alternative, you could also replace the degreaser with lemon juice.
How to remove mold from the seal?
To prevent the formation of mold, it is advisable to leave the door open as often as possible, so that moisture does not form inside the drum. Here are some tips to get rid of mold and bad odors:
- First, clean the rubber surface of the gasket with a cloth soaked in water and check for residues, as well as dirt, even mold. The washing machine hides dirt and mold very well.
- Now wipe the wet cloth with a little detergent or universal degreaser on the internal and external surface and especially along the attachment to the basket, but be careful not to apply too much pressure so as not to deform the rubber of the gasket.
- Leave it on for a couple of minutes and finally rinse and remove the product with a cloth.
Eliminate stubborn mold with bleach
If you notice that your appliance is full of mold while cleaning, you may try to act more intensively. Here’s what you’ll need and how to proceed:
- Get 100ml of bleach and white cotton cloth;
- To avoid discoloring and damaging the seal, first wet the cotton cloth with water and then squeeze it very well;
- Soak the cloth in the amount of bleach mentioned above. But be careful! It is very important never to mix bleach with other chemicals!
- Roll up the soaked cloth and lay it on the part affected by the presence of mold;
- Leave the product to act for about 30 minutes. Depending on the seriousness of the situation, you could also decide to let it act for the whole night;
- Finally, rinse the affected area very well to remove any residual bleach and mold, which will now be definitively eradicated.
Tips for general cleaning of your appliance
Mold, however, can lurk anywhere; after giving you these tips on how to clean the washer seal, it is advisable to do a thorough cleaning of the tray and filter as well.
- As for the detergent drawer, start by removing it from its drawer. Help yourself with a brush to reach the most difficult places and use a sponge to clean everything else, simply using soap and water. Now rinse and dry everything thoroughly and put the tray back in the drawer.
- Finally, a few words about the filter. The filter is the most important component of the washing machine. For this reason, it is necessary to pay close attention and perhaps check the instruction booklet of the washing machine to understand how it is done. Paying attention to the possible leakage of water, place a tray and a carpet under the filter, and proceed with its removal. Now you just have to remove the dirt and mold residues from the filter and the flap; dry thoroughly and reinsert the filter.
How to finish cleaning?
After you have finished cleaning all the components of your washing machine, I recommend that you start a high-temperature wash cycle:
- In case of serious problems with bad smells, put 3 or 4 tablespoons of baking soda in the tray instead of the washing powder and lemon juice instead of the softener.
- Alternatively, you could add a mixture made with ½ liter of water, 2 tablespoons of salt, and 2 of bicarbonate to the bowl; finally put them in the tub and start a wash at 90°.
Another way could be to boil 2 liters of water and then turn off the stove; in the meantime, grate half a bar of Marseille soap and let it dissolve in boiling water. Add two tablespoons of baking soda and mix everything together. Now you have a completely natural mixture ready that you can put in the compartment instead of the detergent and start a washing cycle, even with the clothes inside the drum.