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Do I need to leave My Washing Machine Door open to let it air?

The short answer is NO.

Firstly use proper detergent. The detergent is like a tradies toolbox. It contains the right tools or chemicals to do the job. That is if it is not a detergent void of the chemicals required. Some detergents err on the side of too little content. I don’t like to get into  brand names but OMO is my choice.

If you allow the machine to operate at the correct temperatures for the garments and if you wash your towels at 60 degrees weekly you are on the right track to maintain nice smelling machine.

Washing some old rags that aren’t too dirty at 90 degrees with your good detergent occasionally will ensure a clean machine.

A build up of body fat from our skin that gets on our clothing needs to be washed away. Enzyme action from detergents (that contain enzymes) and washing at 40 degrees or more ensures these nasty smells don’t get a chance. The 60-degree towelling weekly wash puts the cream on the cake.

That doesn’t mean that a lower temperature for the protection of finer garments isn’t allowed. Of course we need to respect the washing labels, however most of the loads can be 40-degree loads.

Remember cold breeds mould. Never wash with cold water. Use the control panel on your machine to alter the temperature.

Tony Pike

Tony Pike

Electrical Technician at Wet Appliance Consulting
Tony Pike is a qualified electrical technician who spent 20 years in the electrical field before changing direction to follow his interest in mechanics.Tony then became Tony Pike Appliances servicing Hahndorf and the entire Adelaide Hills for 25 Years. Tony has studied the process of wet appliances and the effect that different detergent products have in the laundry industry. Tony retired in 2014 after spending his last 7 yrs. as a senior technician in Adelaide City. These days Tony carries on his interest of wet appliance mechanics in a consulting role.
Tony Pike

About Tony Pike

Tony Pike is a qualified electrical technician who spent 20 years in the electrical field before changing direction to follow his interest in mechanics. Tony then became Tony Pike Appliances servicing Hahndorf and the entire Adelaide Hills for 25 Years. Tony has studied the process of wet appliances and the effect that different detergent products have in the laundry industry. Tony retired in 2014 after spending his last 7 yrs. as a senior technician in Adelaide City. These days Tony carries on his interest of wet appliance mechanics in a consulting role.

One response on “Do I need to leave My Washing Machine Door open to let it air?

  1. P Jones

    I have been using a cold wash for all my washing for many years and now use Aldi washing powder. The clothes are always the same colour as when bought, clean and never smell. The important things are, don’t overload the machine, get them out of the machine and hang them outside if possible straight away. Then leave the machine door open. The inside will then dry and you will never have mould. I have not studied washing machines or detergents; I merely have experience.