I assumed a washing machine is pretty much self cleaning. Washing powder
through it and a few rinses each cycle.
I've just discovered black mould in the folds of the rubber door seal and
more around the back of the powder dispenser.
I've attacked it with Flash with bleach cleaning stuff and shifted most of
what I can see (the gunge on the rubber door seal is proving stubborn). It's
now on a hot wash to rinse it.
I'm now concerned with what I can't see. Is there anything I can run through
the machine to clean up the internal bits?
We had a problem with a 'stale old clothes' smell from our machine. We tried
bleach, vinegar, lemon juice, salt all manner of things to get rid of the
smell - nothing!
Anyway I contacted Bosch who told me this is a mould that accumulates mainly
due to lower washing temperatures. Anyhow, their advice is to put some
biological washing powder (we used Ariel) and do a full cycle wash at the
hottest temperature (we had a 90 deg setting). We had to do it twice to get
rid of the smell and the advice is to do this once a month to keep it clear
ISTM to be related to washing detergent.
I use Persil Bio, 35C wash, and this has never happened to my machine.
Only the fabric conditioner compartment ever shows any sign of mold.
Some other family members use non-Bio and less well known detergents on
40C wash in their machines, and have the problem. Worse was an eco powder,
but as that was also leaving the clothes smelling like they did when they
went in, it was obviously not working and chucked out (hardly eco!).
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"Colin Jackson" <cojack6ATbtinternetDOTcom> wrote in message
Just done the first wash after Flash cleaner and the empty hot wash and,
allowing for my poor sense of smell, I think the clothes smell OK now.
So, a hot wash once a month from now on. I'm surprised someone doesn't sell
washing machine cleaning juice.
Thanks for that info. I'd had a look in Tesco and found nothing.
Even though it smells OK after a scrub and two hot washes I was quite
disgusted at what I found under the soap dispenser so I'll try and get some
of that to give it a final going over.
That did the trick. :-)
Ran it through the machine and got some strange noises and an error message
on the display. Started to undo the trap to remove whatever foreign object
is jamming the pump and it is cunningly designed to allow whatever is in
there to jam it half undone so you can't fully open or close it. I've now
got a very wet kitchen floor.
I'm thinking it has done its job as it has freed up something that has
presumably been stuck to the gunge inside the machine.
Tomorrow I get the screwdrivers out.
On 20 Oct, 18:12, "Colin Jackson" <cojack6ATbtinternetDOTcom> wrote:
Yes I've found that the outlet pipes from both washing machines and
also dishwashers can get virtually blocked by a build up of crusty
type residue over a period. I reckon that all these appliances need
taking apart every few years and cleaning properly to clear everything.
On Tue, 20 Oct 2009 15:48:06 +0100, Periproct wrote:
Used to get this with Ecover (liquid, soap-based substances are about the
worst) and didn't like doing the 'service wash' at 90C with detergent as
Changed to Bio-D liquid (just to try it as an alternative) and the machine
doesn't get anywhere near as bad and doesn't smell.
Seems to help if the door is left open most of the time.
The head of a pin will hold more angels if
I was thinking my two 90 degree washes had done the trick but although the
washing seems OK when dry, I'm a shade concerned with the smell when they
come out of the machine wet.
I'd wondered about washing soda and I reckon that's on the list along with
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