Banish ‘gross’ washing machine smells using 5p kitchen item

How to clean a washing machine effortlessly

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A smelly washing machine can be caused by a combination of mould, mildew and bacteria. Other causes include body oils, hair and scum getting tapped in the gasket, seal, pipes and detergent dispenser.

With this in mind, fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their household solution for removing unpleasant smells from washing machines.

The cleaning and lifestyle influencer has more than 4.5 million followers on Instagram and often shares her garden and home tips online.

Fans of hers have taken to social media in recent years to share their own hacks for solving common household problems.

On one such group, Facebook user Jayne Henderson asked: “My washing machine has a horrible smell coming from it. The clothes don’t smell when coming out of it.

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“Have ran a washing machine cleaner through it but can still get a smell. Any tips?”

The post was inundated with responses but the most popular suggestion was to use a dishwasher tablet.

Kerry Mason said: “Pop in a couple of dishwasher tablets on a boil wash it will clean all the outlet pipes as it drains.”

Ann Smith agreed and commented on the post: “Two dishwasher tablets on a 90°C wash.”

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Kelly King replied: “Chuck a dishwasher tablet in the drum and put on a boil wash. Leaves it smelling lovely and gleaming.”

Gillian Downs wrote: “Mine was like this. The pipe was blocked and solid with clothes fluff and the smell was gross.

“My clothes didn’t smell as long as I took them out as soon as they were finished but if left they smelled too. I clean with a dishwasher tablet once a month now on hot.”

Kim Le Beau suggested: “I always leave my door open as living in Turkey the limescale is so hard.

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“But I do put a dishwasher tablet in on a 90C wash ever so often it might help.”

Most homes have dishwasher tablets, but for those who don’t they can be found in local supermarkets or online.

Essential 45 Dishwasher Tablets Original cost £4.75 from Waitrose. Wilko All-in-One Dishwasher Tablets Lemon cost £3 for 40.

Tesco All-In-One Dishwasher Tablets cost £3.65 for 40 lemon tablets.

Sainsbury’s All In One Dishwasher Tablets cost £3 for 30. JUST ESSENTIALS by Asda 30 Dishwasher Tablets cost £1.34 which works out at just under 5p per tablet.

Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using caustic soda, white vinegar, soda crystals, bleach and leaving the washing machine door open.

June Forsythe commented: “I used caustic soda and a hot wash. It was brilliant. Make sure and use rubber gloves when handling caustic soda just in case.”

Gina Mertakkas replied: “Have you run a hot wash? If so, try white vinegar and soda crystals.” Nat Walker wrote: “I run bleach through mine on a hot wash. Just make sure you do a spin wash afterwards.”

Karen White said: “Use powder in the wash not gel. Soon sorted my machine. I stick to powder now – no smells.” Val Cornwall posted: “I would put a bag of soda crystals in there then put it on a boil wash.”

Lisa Potipher commented: “Leave the door ajar after every wash and don’t leave wet clothes in it. But in the meantime, check the filter then put in a boil wash with plenty of bleach.”

Belinda Johnson suggested: “Mine did that when I used just liquid. As soon as I started using powder it was okay.”

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