Mum makes gross discovery in washing machine – and it explains why clothes stink

Mum makes gross discovery in washing machine – and it explains why clothes stink

There’s nothing quite like the fresh smell of clean laundry – well, in theory, anyway.

One mum was baffled when she realised her clothes smelled musty, even straight after coming out of the washing machine when she expected sweet floral scents.

Mel, a mum of two, investigated the problem and was hit with a very nasty surprise when she closely at her appliance.

"I had noticed my washing smelt a bit musty when I took it out of the machine but couldn’t work out what it was," she told Kidspot.

"My ex husband asked me if I had checked the rubber seal around the machine.

"It’s a front loader so when the next load finished, I pulled apart the seal and it was full of brown sludge. It was so disgusting it nearly made me vomit," she said.

Mel added that she was "horrified" that she had basically been washing her and her children’s clothes in mould.

What was an even more surprising for Mel revelation is that you’re supposed to clean that part of the washing machine from time to time to avoid a sludgy build up.

According to Persil , it’s important to give the machine a good once over is important for keeping it at its peak.

The detergent company advises on its website to consult your machines manual on how to maintain it and follow the instructions.

Cleaning the detergent drawer with a toothbrush, setting the machine for a hot cycle with a cup of white vinegar, air drying the inside of the drum and cleaning around the rubber seals of the machine should keep it in tip top condition.

Mel cleaned out her machine with some baby wipes and it’s already looking a lot better, but she said the rubber has been stained by the grime.

She wanted to share her gross story so other families know they need to clean the rubber seal too.

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