Washing machine is an appliance that we need every day. But sometimes, even after maximum spinning, the laundry remains damp and smells bad. We then dry them on the balcony for several days. However, to solve the problem, it is enough to clean the drain filter of the washing machine. A simple cleaning at least every six months can solve many complaints that affect the device during its use. Learn now how to easily clean the drain filter of your washing machine.

Where is the filter and why should it be cleaned?

The drain filter is easy to find. In most washing machines, it is located in the lower left or right corner under the cover or sometimes even under the removable panel for easier repair. However, it happens that the filter is embedded in the ribs of the drum and penetrates only from the inside. In this case, you should refer to the instructions for your washing machine.

Preventive cleaning of the drain filter is the key to a long life of the washing machine. You need to understand that large deposits, dirt, wool or hair that stick to the filter prevent dirty water from flowing out of the machine.   That is why the laundry remains wet even after wringing.

Is it possible to clean the washing machine drain filter by yourself?

Follow the instructions below to safely clean the washing machine filter.

  • Disconnect the washing machine from the power supply, turn off the water supply.
  • Remove the bottom panel.
  • Place a rag or container under the drain hose (it is located next to the filter).
  • Unscrew the filter and remove it.
  • Rinse the filter with lukewarm water. Be careful not to distort it
  • Wash the drain hole with a brush.
  • Screw the filter back on.
  • Now you can connect the washing machine to electricity and water. Check if the water flows through the filter properly.

Also note that a dirty filter is not the only trigger of unpleasant odor in the washing machine.

Where does the smell in the washing machine come from?

A swampy, musty smell indicates that your washing machine has become a veritable breeding ground for mold. This leads not only to a bad smell, but also to health problems. Mold causes the risk of respiratory diseases, reduces immunity and aggravates the manifestation of allergies. Here’s how to avoid bad odors from your washing machine:

  • Use the right amount of product and add a little deodorizing white vinegar every time you wash.
  • Inspect the inside of the porthole and remove any tufts of hair or textile fibers that might build up there.
  • Wipe the seal with a sponge after each wash.
  • Dust the ventilation grilles and the back of the unit.