There's nothing better than the smell of fresh laundry. But sometimes you'll take out a fresh load and it doesn't smell, well, fresh.
This Sydney mum may have discovered why this can happen, when she discovered a nasty surprise in her washing machine.
“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,” Mel, a mum of two, said.
“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 added.
“I was horrified that I had been washing mine and my children’s clothes in mould. I had no idea you had to clean out that part of the washing machine,” Mel admitted.
“It was very difficult to clean, I tried to wipe it out with baby wipes but I couldn’t get it all off. So I ended up putting bleach in the detergent section and ran an empty load. It seems to have got rid of the smell but the rubber section is still stained.”
One word: Yuck. Apparently the type of machine you have can determine how bad the mould can get, with one response to Mel saying: “Some brands collect it, some don’t. I once had a washing machine that resembled a Florida swamp after about a week but the current one doesn’t get like this."
Although she was embarrassed to share the pictures of her discovery, Mel wanted to share her findings with other families who might not realise this is an issue for them as well.
“I wanted to tell others in case they haven’t realised you needed to clean the rubber seal out too. I wish someone told me sooner!”