Why Does My Washing Machine Smell Like Sewage?

Thursday 15th December 2022

Alice Redshaw

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According to GOV UK, 801,721 tonnes of sewage was churned out by water businesses in 2021. It can harm your health, as well as cause damage to your possessions within the home.

Smells emitting from your washing machine can be unpleasant to be surrounded with, and could signal problems with the appliance. There are many causes of smells in washers, from clothes left inside to clogged door seals.

At ICE Cleaning, we are specialist sewage cleaners. Our technicians have received thorough training in the industry, and have experience in all manner of settings, from domestic to industrial. We operate 24/7, 365 days a year.

Check out our blog to learn some of the main reasons why your washing machine smells.

You're using too much detergent

Depending on the kind of washing machine you have, you may need a detergent that is for Highly Efficient machines. Otherwise, the appliance will not be able to work properly.

Using too much detergent in your wash can cause you a lot of issues down the line, such as blockages, so be careful with how much you put in with the cycle.

Make sure the drawer where you pour in the detergent is kept fresh so that odours have less chance of developing.

If you experience any flooding from your washing machine, our skilled technicians can help you. From drying out surfaces to getting rid of mould, we can be on the scene within an hour to support you in emergencies.

The door seal is clogged

Clogging the door seal is very easily done, especially with small items of clothing like socks and underwear. Check there are no clothes stuck here before you put your machine on a cycle.

However, it isn't just your belongings that make the seal smell. A build up of soap, detergent and softener can begin to smell very unpleasant if you don't keep up to cleaning.

If anything has got caught in the seal, remove it promptly and give the area a good clean before using the washer again.

The door seal plays an important role in the functioning of the appliance, preventing water from leaking. Over time, if you notice a foul smell emanating from your machine, this could be the reason why.

The machine isn't cleaned regularly

This is one of the main causes of smells in your washer. We use our washing machines a lot, so it is understandable that they will grow dirty with constant use.

One way to clean your washer drum is to run a service cycle wash, where there are no clothes in the machine. This gives the machine a thorough wash and eliminates unwanted substances.

Try not to launder your clothes at very low temperatures if you want to avoid bad smells, as this allows dirt to build up in the machine and creates a build-up of bacteria. You're also more likely to get mould growth by doing this. Specialist mould cleaners will be needed to remediate this. 

If you opt for our mould cleaning treatment, we offer a complimentary application of our ICE SHIELD® technology. This works by fighting against dangerous bacteria and viruses, being effective for a period of up to 28 days.

Clothes are being left in the machine

If you leave clothes for long periods in the washing machine, they can begin to smell.

Ensure you remove clothes as soon as possible to allow them to dry properly before you put them back in your wardrobe.

Be sure to not overload the machine too, as this can leave clothes feeling damp and cause issues for your washing machine. Washers have a capacity weight, so putting too many clothes in the machine can mean an un-effective clean.

Washing your clothes at low temperatures, while more sustainable, can cause bacteria to build up. This is worth bearing in mind or you might find you have to call out a professional plumber.

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Your filter needs clearing

It is important to clean out your filter regularly, as water can clog it and other items get stuck in it. It is usually quite easy to find where the filter is.

Get out your cleaning supplies to tackle this job: a toothbrush is always a good option for reaching all cracks and crevices. The filter is an invaluable part of the machine, blocking grime and other matter from your wash.

In some instances, you may need to put a towel down when cleaning out the filter, as water can spill across the floor. 

You'd be surprised at how many of us never think to clean the lint filter in our washing machines, causing damage to your machine over time. You can save yourself hassle and money if you keep on top of this task.

Should you experience wastewater coming into your home, you should hire in the help of a sewer cleaning company, such as us here at ICE Cleaning. We can dispose of hazardous waste for you, as well as provide a high-quality clean.

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Reach out to our friendly support team on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to find out about our sewage cleaning services in more detail. We are here to help you with all your questions and concerns.

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