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Why Does My Washing Machine Smell Bad?

loading washing machineOf all the major appliances now found in homes, the washing machine is one that we don’t want to be without. Although it’s typically tucked away out of view, it helps keep us looking good and smelling good.

Being able to wash your clothes at home means that you don’t spend time sitting in laundromats waiting for your clothes to wash. On the occasions when a washing machine can’t be used, the convenience of a washing machine becomes very evident. But, like any other appliance, sometimes things go wrong.

One problem that can occur is a foul-smelling washing machine. When a washing machine has a bad odor coming from it, those who use it might be reluctant to do so since they don’t want their clothes to smell bad. This situation can result in a time-wasting trip to the laundromat. If it does, it might be time for you to consider a washing machine repair.

So, What Is That Smell?

Most likely, it is mold. If you’re thinking that mold spores shouldn’t be present in your washing machine, you would be correct. Mold spores are only produced when mold is dried out and the spores can circulate in the air or be carried away by another object.

What you smell when your washing machine has a bad odor is the mold when it is thriving in an environment where moisture is present. It is in this environment that mold feeds, grows, and reproduces. As it does, chemical compounds are released and it is these compounds that are responsible for the smell. The presence of such mold can make your clothes smell bad and make you smell bad too!

It’s at a time like this that you should consider a washing machine repair. You can try cleaning the machine yourself but, mold can reach places in a washing machine where you might not think to look. A professional has the tools and the knowledge to find those places and clean them so that all affected areas are mold-free. When the mold is gone, so is the smell.

With your washing machine serviced in the above manner, you can rest assured that your clothes will be clean and will smell good. You can also be sure that you won’t be wasting time in a laundromat wondering what the smell in your washer is and what you’re going to do about it.

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