We looked at the relative performance of washing machines and found that front loaders are superior in almost every way possible. That didn’t come as a surprise, because front loaders are not only designed to be more efficient, but also to soften clothes and clean them better. One of the best brands at the moment are Samsung wasmachines, these are the best on the market.
- But it’s that efficiency part that can cause odour nuisance when it comes to odour. Look, high-efficiency front loaders use a lot less water than their counterparts, because they only fill the bottom of the tub with water. As the drum rotates on a horizontal axis, the clothes wander through the water, so there’s no need to fill the tank completely.
It’s all nice and handy if you use high-efficiency detergents, but if you wash your laundry with the wrong kind of soap and softeners, the smaller amount of water can’t completely rinse them away. The drum is covered with a layer of soap residue, which is itself riddled with dirt from your clothes. In the heat and humidity of your washing machine, this becomes a happy home for bacteria and fungi. These will then make your washing machine stink.
- The stinking situation is exacerbated by the fact that front loaders use a rubber door seal to prevent water from leaking. Dirt, soap and pieces of dust can get stuck under the gasket, creating a breeding ground for unpleasant smells.
Step 1. Throw away your old detergent.
If you have a front loader, you should always use detergents that are made for highly efficient machines. Normal detergents produce more soapy water than your front loader can handle; less foam means less foam for smelly life forms to cling to. Liquid softener is also forbidden on front loaded washing machines, so do yourself a favor and throw it away.
Step 2. Keep the drum dry
Once you have the soap situation under control, it’s time to make sure the drum doesn’t stay moist for long. Always remove your laundry immediately after the cycle has ended, and make sure you leave the door open when not in use to allow moisture to escape.
You can also run a fan in the room where your washing machine is standing to improve airflow and consider investing in a dehumidifier. Remember: you don’t want bacteria or fungi to feel at home here and nothing invites bad smells like wet, stagnant heat.
Step 3. Clean the rubbers quickly every week
Even with the right cleaning and anti-humidity efforts, there is no guarantee that your washing drum will not develop any mould-friendly construction. The rubber seal around the doors is particularly problematic, so you should regularly remove dirt trapped in the gasket and wipe it with a cleaning solution made up of one part white vinegar and one part water. Finally, make sure you throw away any fluff that may have accumulated in the machine’s drain filter.