The  washing machine  is an appliance that we cannot do without at home, because it  saves us the great effort  of washing clothes by hand and allows us to always flaunt clean and perfumed clothes effortlessly  .

However,  its cleanliness  should not be underestimated, since it often accumulates dirt that, if not removed,  can be transferred to our clothes and affect washing.

But how do you know if the  washing machine is dirty  ? Very simple, just pay attention to  these 4 signs!  Let’s discover them together!

What will you discover?

Bad smell

If you often  open the door of the washing machine  , take out the freshly washed laundry and notice an   unpleasant smell  that comes from the drum but has also been transferred to the laundry, it is time  to thoroughly clean your appliance.

The smell may actually be due to the buildup of cleaning products, limescale, or  excessive moisture in the drum  or drains. Whatever the reason, we have good news:  it can be removed!

All you have to do is   proceed with an empty wash by  adding 150 grams of citric acid to 1 liter of water   and pouring the resulting solution directly into the drum. Then set an empty wash cycle at   high temperatures  and… you have  cleaned your washing machine from top to bottom!

And to avoid the musty smell of your washing machine, we also recommend that you   always  leave the door open to   allow air exchange   and avoid the formation of condensation.

Note:  To keep your washing machine always clean, we recommend that you   run the empty wash cycles once a month.

Black spots on the seal

Another sign that your washing machine is dirty are  black spots along the seal caused  by mold and standing water  .

To remove them and get your washing machine looking new again, we recommend using vinegar, which   has cleaning, anti-odor and antibacterial properties.  Then fill  a bowl with vinegar  , dip a   microfiber cloth   in it, and wring it out.

Then  stroke  the seal several times  until the stains disappear, and  rinse and dry thoroughly  until all traces of water are removed, as   standing water   is considered the main cause of mold growth!

Alternatively, you can  make a kind of pasty mass by  mixing a spoonful of baking soda   and a teaspoon of Marseille soap and   rubbing it onto the sealant with a soft brush.  Then leave it   on for about 5 minutes before  removing the compound  with a microfiber cloth, rinsing and drying thoroughly.

For an even more effective effect, you can add a few drops   of tea tree essential oil to the mixture, which can prevent mold formation  thanks to its  antifungal and antifungal properties   .

Dirty detergent dispenser

In addition to sealing, dirt and mildew stains in the  detergent container are also  easy to find. Here too, the accumulation of detergents and fabric softeners can  lead to limescale deposits.

In this case, take the right time to clean the tub thoroughly as this problem  could affect the washing of your clothes. Then take the  hydrogen peroxide, which is also good for removing mold from walls  , and pour it into a small bowl. Then dip  some cotton balls or cotton pads   into it and   place them in the detergent drawer.

Finally, let it sit for a while before removing it and using   a toothbrush   to remove all the black paint!

Note:   Always use hydrogen peroxide in 10 volumes   (i.e. 3%).

Filter gets dirty quickly

Finally, pay attention  to the final sign  that could mean your washing machine is dirtier than ever:  the filter  . In fact, since this component has the task of  filtering all the dirt  , if you notice that the device gets dirty quickly, it is advisable  to proceed with an empty flush  to remove the most hidden dirt in this device!

In addition, you should also dedicate yourself to  cleaning the washing machine filter  by first unplugging it, unscrewing the filter and cleaning it under running water.