Homemade tricks to clean the rubber of the washing machine and remove mold and bad odors
You may be surprised that an appliance where you continually use scented soap and fabric softener can get dirty and create bad odors. But it is like this.
The bad smells in the washing machine are almost always caused by dirt and mold that builds up on the rubberAlthough it can also come from other places, such as the drain.
The reason is that when we finish washing there is a lot of humidity and heat inside the washing machine, and if the rubber is not dry it is a perfect habitat for bacteria to develop, generating odor that will end up on your clothes.
So a first tip is always leave the washing machine lid open for a few hours after finishing washing. This will remove the moisture and the heat will come out.
Dry the rubbers with a cloth
The key so that the washing machine tires do not get dirty or give off an odor, is dry them with a cloth after each use.
It is true that it is cumbersome to do it after each wash, but it is that water accumulated in the folds of the tires, which generates bacteria that later create mold and odor.
If you do it every time, and leave the door of the washing machine open until all the humidity and heat comes out as we have said, you will hardly need more maintenance.
Make your homemade cleaner
It is possible that, in time, Some dirt appears on the tires and a bad smell inside the washing machine.
No need to buy chemicals. We can use the infallible home cleaner trick. Mix the following ingredients in a spray container:
Spray the rubber of the washing machine with this mixture, also a cloth, and clean it thoroughly. Then let it dry by opening the washer door.
And mold has built up in the washing machine, in Business Insider recommends this mix:
- 1/4 of cup of lemon juice (62 ml)
- A glass of hydrogen peroxide (200 ml)
- 3 liters of water in a bucket.
Use gloves and a mask so that mold does not enter your nose, moisten a cloth with the mixture, and clean thoroughly. Then let it dry.
Finally, it is advisable to do a complete disinfection of the washing machine.
Mon. a couple of cups of white vinegar in the detergent drawer, and do a complete wash at more than 30 degrees, with the drum empty.
Your washing machine is sure to be clean, shiny and, most importantly: disinfected and odor-free.