How to: Naturally Eliminate the Odor from your Washing Machine

We’ve all dealt with it–the gross and off-putting stench that seeps from the washer. Luckily, there are a couple of natural ways to help eliminate the gross smells.

It is easy to forget about washing your washer. But the reality is the washer does get dirty and consequently smelly. What’s worse is that the smell, which is typically musty in character with hidden notes of dirt, can also permeate through your clothing. Gross! Luckily, there are a couple of natural ways to help eliminate the yucky odors.

First, try to never leave a load of laundry in the wash for a long period of time. That means, putting a load in before bed or before you head out for the day probably isn’t as great idea as you thought. The damp clothes sitting in such a tight space invites mold and mildew, which contributes to foul smells.


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Second, when not using your washing machine try leaving the door open and the drawer where you insert detergents open. Again, this allows air to ventilate prohibiting the growth of odor causing bacteria. (Side Note: You may want to skip this if you have children or small pets.)

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Third, monthly or even bi-monthly run a hot wash with just 2 cups of vinegar and a couple teaspoons of baking soda. These natural ingredients will definitely help to cut down residue, odor, and kill bacteria. Afterwards, pour some vinegar on a warm damp cloth and wipe down your washing machine once more just to be thorough.

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By following these steps you will ensure that your clothes and washing machine will stay fresh and clean.

If you despise doing laundry, we have a feeling you will also enjoy this post “11 Ways to Make Doing Laundry Less Dreadful.

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Lindsay is the the Director of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017 & 2018, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and rwelcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016.

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