If you notice a musty smell in your washing machine, or your clothes are consistently coming out smelling musty rather than fresh, it might be time to take a look at how clean your washing machine is.

A recent article for Real Homes pointed out that using liquid detergent on low-temperature wash cycles can lead to a build up of semi-degraded detergent that typically appears as a grey sludge.

Luckily there’s a simple solution: use less detergent in your machine and run a hot maintenance cycle with some vinegar in the washing machine drum once a week to help keep your machine clean and smelling fresh.

It’s also a good idea to give the door seal a thorough clean, as well as your detergent tray. Hopefully doing these things will make your washing machine smell fresh again.

Another top tip is to always leave your washing machine door open when it’s not in use, to allow the damp air to escape and prevent mould from developing in your appliance.

If, however, you still have a musty smell in your machine it might be time to get help with appliance repairs in Leeds, or wherever you live, as this could be a sign that you have a blocked pipe or blocked drain.

There’s another benefit to regularly running a hot cycle on your washing machine – it can help it to last longer. We recently offered some advice on how to maintain your appliances, with this being one of the top tips.

A clean washing machine will run more efficiently than one that’s clogged up with dirt and scale, so it is certainly worth adding this to your list of household chores.

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