Grease washing machine

Does a dirty, greasy substance remain in your washing machine? Or do your clothes smell dirty and musty after washing, despite sufficient detergent? Then you’re probably suffering from grease lice! Don’t worry, these are not real lice – but neither is it fresh. Here’s what grease lice are, how to prevent them and how to get rid of them.

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What is grease

Grease lice, also known as laundry lice, is a buildup of soap scum, lint, dander, skin fats and hair. Grease lice often accumulate near the rubbers of your washing machine door, but also be alert to the soap dish. Grease lice are more common now than in the past because we wash at low temperatures more often these days. Because of this, detergent doesn’t completely dissolve, and all sorts of things stick to it. The result is a smelly washing machine, and that smell doesn’t go away by running a new wash every time.

Grease lice is a breeding ground for certain bacteria and causes a smelly washing machine and clothes. It can also cause stains on your clothes, especially white and light laundry is prone to this. Unfortunately, these stains are not easy to get rid of. Fortunately, grease lice in your washing machine is! Read on quickly.

How to prevent grease

Luckily, preventing grease lice is not that difficult at all! You just need to clean your washing machine regularly – no, this doesn’t happen automatically with every wash, but it doesn’t take much time or energy either. Once a month is best. With the tips below, you can keep your washing machine clean and prevent grease lice!

Use less detergent

If your laundry doesn’t smell as fresh, we understand your temptation to use more detergent – don’t do this! Detergents today are very concentrated, so the average Dutch person already uses too much detergent. This excess soap residue does not dissolve properly, gets stuck in the drum and causes the grease lice to form.

Cleaning the washing machine

Some people think you don’t need to clean a washing machine – they are wrong. It is important to run a boil wash regularly, at 90 degrees or higher, to remove all excess soap scum, dirty residue, bacteria and smelly odors from the drum. If you like, you can also add a dash of vinegar or a cup of baking soda – this will also help prevent limescale!

Cleaning the door and soap dish

The soap dish and the door of your washing machine are the places where detergent gets stuck. So clean them regularly to prevent grease lice from forming. This will not be necessary after every wash, but try to clean it once a month.

Leave the door open

Bacteria love damp washing machines. Leaving the door of your washing machine open after running a wash will keep water out and allow it to dry better.

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Remove grease

If you don’t know what’s causing that stinky washing machine, you might not know what to do about it… Does your washing machine stink and does a grey, greasy substance remain in the drum? Then you have fat lice, and you want to get rid of it as soon as possible. This musty smell can transfer to your clothes during the wash and cause stains that are very difficult to get out. Cleaning your washing machine may sound like a lot of work, but it’s not that bad with the following tips!

  1. Boil wash: Nowadays we are used to washing at low temperatures, but sometimes hot is good for our washing machine. A simple, old-fashioned boil removes almost all odors, bacteria, excess detergent and grease. To do this, run a wash at a minimum of 90 degrees – with or without clothes. Centrifuging is not necessary, but do run the wash cycle through all the rinses. High temperatures actually clean your washing machine, remove the grease lice and kill many bacteria.
  2. Repeat with vinegar: after a regular wash at 90 degrees, you can run the same program again, with an empty drum and a splash of cleaning vinegar. This neutralizes an unpleasant odor, removes grease and even combats limescale – which is also very good for your washing machine.