'Self-cleaning' washing machine cycle unveiledSteriltub devised to banish washing machine smells

10 March 2010

Gorenje Steriltub

A new 'self-cleaning' washing machine cycle designed to eradicate troublesome washing machine smells has been unveiled by a washing machine manufacturer.

Gorenje says its Steriltub self-cleaning program is able to get rid of 'unpleasant odours' from that can arise through regularly using low temperature washing cycles. It will be rolled out across all new Gorenje washing machine models.

Washing at low temperatures all the time - though helping to reduce your energy usage - can lead to a build up of grease or black mould on the rubber ring or inside your machine's detergent drawer, as well as leaving a musty washing machine smell.

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Gorenje says running its self-cleaning program once a month will combat this problem 'with exceptional results'. The 80°C cycle uses more water and double the normal spin speed to clean all corners of the washing machine, according to the company, and should be operated with an empty drum.

If you're suffering from a it's worth running a 60°C program once a month to kill off bacteria and unwanted fungal growth, ideally with a containing bleach.

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