Woman's washing machine warning after discovering 'growth' inside

A woman has issued a warning about the importance of regular washing machine checks after uncovering a mould 'infestation' in her own appliance. After she conveyed her findings on social media, urging others to take prompt action, people flocked to share their tips for combating this issue.

Choosing popular Facebook group Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips as her platform, Samantha shared her shock and troubles over discovering mould within her washing machine. Her photograph clearly shows the interior seal of her appliance speckled with telltale patches.

Starting by asking her fellow members for no judgement, she vented: "I have been trying to clean the inside of my washing machine. But I can't get rid of the mould in the seal.

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"I've tried mould remover, bleach and washing machine cleaner but nothing works please help. It's only on the bottom of the seal. Washing machine is used twice, maybe more a day."

Her plea quickly triggered an outpour of advice from hundreds of group users. Jacqui came up with: "Astonish mould and mildew spray, cheap as chips and does an amazing job."

Meanwhile, Diane suggested: "Lemon baking soda and white vinegar."

Sharing her own tried-and-tested solution, Patricia suggests, "Hi try kilrock mould spray. I soak some kitchen roll with it and put in in the seal .leave for an hour then wipe off."

Making her contribution, Gail added: "I use kitchen roll soaked in bleach and leave overnight and it's gone!"

The conversation noted that keeping the washing machine door perpetually shut may exacerbate the problem. Speaking from experience, Sue warned: "This is caused by closing the washer door all the time."

Brits have been sharing their tips and tricks for preventing their washing machines from smelling - and the answer is as simple as leaving the door open. The issue of smelly washing machines is one that commonly plagues homeowners and tenants, with many turning to the internet for help.

One savvy homeowner revealed: "I always leave my washer door open a bit and never get this problem. It also says on the instructions to leave open when not in use."

Another added: "Always leave door and drawer slightly open when not in use. It avoids this completely."

A third homeowner shared: "Also try leaving the door open in-between uses!" A fourth penned: "I dry mine after every wash. And keep the door open to air."

After trying out some of the suggestions, one happy homeowner returned to the comment section to express her thanks. Samantha wrote: "Thank you so much everyone. I tried using kitchen roll with mould spray which didn't work. Then I spotted Kilrock mould gel with a brush and here are the results."

A spokesperson for Persil explained the importance of leaving your washing machine door open between uses. "This will allow it to air out and help prevent mould and mildew from growing so no more nasty smells lingering in the kitchen," they said.

"Regular cleaning is an important part of knowing how to use washing machines, after all, your washing machine won't be able to do its job efficiently if it's not clean itself. Set the washing machine to a hot cycle and add a cup of white vinegar to sanitise the machine and help remove smells."