Cleaning fans share the 80p secret that stopped washing machines smelling musty

CONFESSION time – we might use our washing machine at least every other day, but that doesn't mean we can remember the last time we actually gave it a good clean.

And if you're anything like us, it's probably started to give off that tell-tale stale and musty smell which a bogstandard disinfectant spray probably won't cover.

So what do you do now? Live with that offputting smell forever or spend hundreds upgrading it?

Well according to these diehard cleaning fans, an 80p product is all you need to get your machine looking and smelling brand new again.

Earlier this month, one woman turned to a Mrs Hinch Facebook group for advice tackling the "damp and musty smell" in her machine.

Needless to say, hundreds of members of the group jumped at the chance to share their two-cents about the common problem.

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And out of all the suggestions, most people agreed that an 80p bag of soda crystals was probably the woman's best bet.

"Boil and wash with soda crystals and vinegar," one suggested. "Also make sure drawer is clean and no black mould on rubber seal."

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In response, another added: "I did this with mine and added a few drops of Zoflora. Worked a treat!"

What's more, a third agreed that soda crystals were the way to go – but warned against putting vinegar in the drum too.

They wrote: "Half a bag of soda crystals on a hot wash but no white vinegar. It rots the rubber as told by an engineer."

But why do so many people swear by soda crystals?

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Well, they work to soften water which means they're great at clearing away any hard water deposits and tackling any build-ups of soap residue.

What's more, a 1kg bag of Dri Pak Soda Crystals will only set you back 80p in Sainsbury's – meaning you'd easily get two washing machine deep cleans for just 40p each.

For more cleaning tips, this professional cleaner revealed how she gets rid of urine smells in the bathroom – it only takes two common ingredients.

And you’ve been drying your dishwashing gloves all wrong – this simple and cheap trick will prevent water from pooling inside.

Plus this is how to clean your radiators and make your house smell amazing – you’ll be amazed at how filthy they get.

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