Washing Machine: How to Remove Bad Odors from Pipes


Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Odors

1. Run a Hot Water Cycle

Purpose: To loosen and flush out uncomplicated gunk and minor blockages.

How-To: Run an empty cycle with the hottest water setting and add two cups of white vinegar or a specialized washing machine cleaner.

2. Baking Soda to the Rescue

Purpose: To neutralize odors and further break down deposits.

How-To: Run another hot cycle, but this time add a cup of baking soda to the drum before starting.

3. Manual Pipe Cleaning

Purpose: To physically remove any residual blockages and scrubs away mold.

How-To: Disconnect the pipes (ensure you have a bucket to catch any water) and use a pipe brush to manually scrub and dislodge debris.

4. Keep the Door Ajar

Purpose: To prevent future mold and mildew growth by allowing the machine to dry thoroughly between uses.

How-To: Simply leave the washing machine door open after each use (safety permitting).

Proactive Steps to Prevent Future Odors

A. Regular Maintenance

Schedule monthly cleanings using the hot water and vinegar/baking soda method.

Wipe down seals and accessible parts to prevent mold growth.

B. Be Mindful of Detergent Use

Use the correct amount of detergent to avoid excessive residue.

Opt for high-efficiency detergents if you’re using an HE washing machine.

C. Address Issues Promptly

If you detect an odor or notice slower draining, address it immediately to prevent a minor issue from becoming a major problem.


A fresh-smelling washing machine sets the stage for laundry that feels and smells clean. By adhering to a regular maintenance schedule and addressing issues promptly, you can keep unpleasant odors at bay and ensure that your machine performs optimally.

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