If your washing machine seems to have developed a nasty niff, here's the solution
Most householders agree there's nothing quite like the fresh clean smell of laundry to elevate the mood. Unless... the clothes from your machine don't come out smelling that clean anymore? Perhaps they even emerge with a distinctly mouldy whiff? Environment-conscious UK households rarely use a wash-cycle hotter than 40-degrees these days, but few realise this tends to allow grime to build up inside the machine. Using excessive detergent, or one that's too foamy, can also leave suds residues which provide a perfect medium for mildew to grow in.
To clear black mould from the rubber door seal, apply oxygen bleach as a paste, making sure you get into the folds where problems tend to start. After it's been there for a quarter of an hour, wipe it off and make sure it's dry. It's also a good idea to check the drain filter, which you'll usually find behind a service flap at the bottom front of the machine. Follow your machine's instructions for clearing the filter, and don't forget to pop something underneath beforehand to catch any dirty water and gunge that may emerge. If your detergent dispenser is dirty or mouldy, gently lift it out and wash and dry it thoroughly.
Now your machine is back to its pristine best, it's really simple to keep it that way. Always take care to dose your detergent according to the manufacturer's instructions. Switching from liquid to powder detergent can also help. Give your machine a chance to dry out between uses. If it's in a dry environment, this may mean leaving the door open for a while. If the room is very damp or steamy, it might be better to wipe the inside with a dry cloth and then keep the door closed.
Care for your machine and it should serve you well for years.