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Hi I was wondering how do I get rid of damp smell out of my washing machine? I leave the lid open for a long time after the washing has finished and the machine is empty but the damp smell is still there I also empty out the lint holders in there thanks.

Posted by Tanya, 01/06/13

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  • 1. I leave the door from the washing machine not only for a while open after the washing cycle, but always open when it’s not in use
    2. After removing the clean wash from the washing machine I wipe the drum and rubber by the door down with a dry cloth.
    3. Once a month I do a cycle with vinegar on an empty drum on high temperature to clean the drum


  • bicarb soda and vinegar in a long cycle with an old towel or rag


  • having this problem with my front loader, it has a clean cycle which I’ve used as well as vinegar. nothing works will never buy a front loader again!


  • do a load of washing on the hottest setting
    add some white king powder which is antibacterial & let the machine air dry after washing for as long as you can stand it


  • give it a good rinse on the hot water cycle and this should help


  • Pour 1 litre of vinegar into machine then run an empty hot cycle.


  • some simple answers to solve the problem.


  • Thanks for the tips – had to look back to get some ideas as my washing machine has that damp smell at the moment! Thanks MoM’s!


  • The next loading wash pour a cup of vinegar into the clothes. This will get rid of the damp smell


  • Some really useful advice there.


  • Vinegar. I also keep the door open til next load as I can shut my laundry away from the kids.


  • I have ran mine on a hot cycle before with just some bleach and a squirt of dishwashing liquid added to the water, it works well.


  • Loving the answers thanks for posting !! I’m going to try vinegar.


  • Vinegar and a dry run, gets rid of all those smells!


  • Vinegar and bi carb soda on a run through without anything else, also ensure you remove all lint as it can hold the smell


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