What? Clean My Washing Machine?
Yes, washing machines need to be cleaned once in a while; just like dishwashers, sinks, bathtubs, and drains. Although most of the soil is washed out with the water, grime and detergent residues can be left inside the washer and plumbing – especially when fabric softeners have been used. These are organic, greasy, and/or soapy deposits; and the coating provides a base for mold, mildew and bacteria which can cause odor in your laundry. They may also damage interior components of the washing machine.
If your laundry comes out of the wash with a mildew smell, it could be due to a dirty washer. Front -loading machines seem to be more susceptible to developing mold and odor (due to the watertight seal on the door), as well as routinely washing on cold.
It is recommended to clean your washer once a month.