Get rid of that funky washer odor with these mighty tablets — now $10 for our readers

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Get rid of those bad odors with these tablets — now just $10 for Yahoo readers! (Photo: Amazon)
Get rid of those bad odors with these tablets — now just $10 for Yahoo readers! (Photo: Amazon)

You might think that washing machines don’t need to be cleaned. After all, isn’t it “cleaning” itself every time you do your laundry? Nope!

If you don’t clean your washing machine regularly, soap residue will make it less effective or worse — it may develop foul odors, which can stink up all that laundry you just washed. Ugh.

"Your washer is washing clothes, [which] is not the same thing as cleaning the washer," shared cleaning and decluttering expert Jamie Novak. "That won’t remove the build-up of lint or hair."

The Keep This, Toss That author recommends regularly cleaning the interior of your washer to keep it functioning as an ultimate clean machine. "Once a month is a good rule of thumb for most of us doing a few loads of laundry a week," she says. "Make it a habit that you clean it at the start or end of every month."

Some DIY-ers recommend bleach concoctions but Novak recommends steering clear of those because the residue can ruin clothing. Other home solutions that involve vinegar can do the job, but they can be messy and result in a new funky odor. (Do you really want your leggings to smell like salad dressing?)

By far the easiest solution to clean your machine is the heavy-duty tablets from Duracare. The all-in-one cleaner tablets are suitable for all kinds of laundry machines thanks to their non-toxic, eco-friendly formula. Just drop in two tablets and run a regular wash cycle to neutralize odors and remove any gunk stuck inside.

Right now Yahoo readers can get a box of 24 tablets – that’s a one-year supply! – for just $10 with our exclusive code: 15YAHOOWASH. That's a whopping 60 percent off in total!

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

$10 with code (was $25), amazon.com

Duracare washing machine cleaner (Photo: Amazon)
Get your machine sparkling clean — no elbow grease required. (Photo: Amazon)

Mean, clean...

These Duracare tablets have 2,400 five-star fans on Amazon with fresh, sparkling washing machines to attest to their cleaning power.

"Gets the funk out!" said a happy user. "I moved into my brother's old house and I don't think he ever cleaned the washer... the funk was alive! After using these a few times, no more funky odor!"

“I hadn't cleaned my washer in 4 years," said another five-star fan, "...Wet mildew smell is not a good smell." But after using the product: "The clothes have no smell right out of the wash, no mildew smell. Even stuck my head inside after the wash and tried to catch a scent, but was perfectly clean.”

Another happy shopper commented: “Just about every month you smell a pungent stink from the HE top loader washer. I thought it was due to our oldest clothes being washed, but I was wrong. ...I put 2 tabs as instructed in and ran a tub clean. About 1 hour later, I was amazed! The tub has never been so clean and shiny! Absolutely NO smell whatsoever...Great product and easy to use!”

And green!

Shoppers appreciate that these tablets are free of harsh chemicals and fragrances. As a satisfied reviewer wrote: “It keeps the odor in control and the tablets don’t have any scent at all, they are all-natural and environmental, which is terrific since I have chemical sensitivities.”

Ready for a cleaner washing machine? Remember to enter our exclusive code 15YAHOOWASH at checkout for an extra 15 percent off through Sunday, March 6. That gets Yahoo readers a full 60 percent in savings.

$10 with code (was $25), amazon.com

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