Stacey Solomon's two-step trick for getting rid of musty washing machine odours

A washing machine with its drawer open
Close-up of modern washing machine. -Credit:Getty Images/iStockphoto

Stacey Solomon has shared a quick and cost-effective method for eliminating musty washing machine odours on the BBC One show 'Sort Your Life Out'.

The well-known television personality visited Nottingham to assist disabled mother Kirsty and her partner Taureen in decluttering their four-bedroom house. In the fifth episode of the debut series, Kirsty recounted how a severe holiday accident left her with herniated discs and persistent pain.

Taureen said: "Before Kirsty's injuries she had a pristine house, but they all know mum's not as sturdy on her feet and can't do as much as she used to."

Get the latest news straight to your phone by joining us on WhatsApp

While the team worked on finding smart storage solutions for the family, cleaning guru Iwan Carrington demonstrated an effective technique for reviving forgotten washing machine drawers. He took out the drawer, highlighting the mould that had accumulated, and said: "If your washing machine is starting to smell, this could be why."

Donning protective gloves, Iwan sprinkled a liberal amount of baking powder over the mouldy sections inside the drawer area. Following this, he took a spray bottle filled with white vinegar and spritzed it onto the baking powder, which caused a fizzing reaction that helped clean the surface, reports the Mirror.

Iwan said: "Whatever the situation is, this trick is going to blitz it. Now not only will the family hopefully have less clothes to be washing, but when they do wash them, they're all going to be smelling incredible."

The home appliances often become a breeding ground for black mould due to moisture, frequently necessitating detailed cleaning. Neglecting these spores can result in musty-smelling laundry.

Sainsbury's offers baking soda for 59p while white vinegar can be bought for 99p from Morrisons. Later in the programme, the domestic expert discussed how one could achieve that impeccable shine on bathroom taps using a commonplace product.

Iwan added: "If you ever drop a blob of toothpaste down the sink, don't just rinse it away."

He demonstrated how to use an old toothbrush and toothpaste to easily remove hard water stains and stubborn marks, leaving them "nice and shiny". The professional said: "It makes for a really nice gentle cleaner. Then just give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth to remove all the toothpaste. How nice does that look?"