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How to Stop Mold or A Stagnant Smell from Washing Machine.

If your washing machine is producing a stagnant smell which is tainting your clothes then this Tip is for you!

Secret ingredient: Ordinary Baking Soda.

First check to make sure that the machine is draining properly and ensure that the pump filter is clear of any debris. Check that the drainage pipes at the back of the machine are not kinked or obstructed in any way.

If the machine is a frontloader a common place for mold to build up is the rubber seal gasket around the door such as this one. Immediately you can see the nooks and crannies where mold can build up.


Mold is one of the most common causes of a stagnant odour.

Clean this out as well as you can with ordinary kitchen cleaner (avoid using bleach) then place a heaped cup of baking soda directly into the drum and run an empty hot/boil wash on a full cycle.

Baking soda has a cleaning and neutralising effect and will help remove any build up of mold or gunge within the machine. You may need to run two of these washes before you see a solid result.

Thereafter I recommend you run a monthly 'maintenance wash' with the baking soda to prevent the problem arising again.

It is highly recommended that the door of the machine is always left partially open between washes as this encourages ventilation and discourages any more mold from forming inside the machine.

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What lime scale / detergent remover can be used for regular cleaning of my front loader.


Front-loading washing machines are energy efficient and use less detergent than top-loaders, but they sometimes have a tendency to harbor mold and unpleasant smells. By giving your washing machine a quick clean once a month, you'll keep your front-loader fresh, which means cleaner clothes, too. This eco-friendly method doesn't use bleach, costs only pennies to make, and comes together with ingredients you already have on hand.
What You'll Need:
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Scrub sponge
Directions:
  1. Start by mixing together the baking soda and water in a small bowl. This is going to be the "detergent" for cleaning the washing machine. Pour the vinegar into a measuring cup and head over to your washing machine.
  2. Add the baking soda mixture to the detergent container of your machine and pour the vinegar into the drum. Set your washer to normal load at the hottest water setting. Close the door and start the machine, letting it do all the hard work for you. The baking soda and vinegar naturally break up mineral deposits and any mold growth while cleaning and refreshing your washing machine.
  3. Use a clean scrubber to rub around the opening of the washing machine, removing stubborn mold or residue. Wipe clean with fresh water.
  4. Your washing machine is sparkling clean and ready to do a load of laundry! Give your front-loader a cleaning once a month to keep your clothes smelling fresh and your machine working in tip-top condition.
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Mar 20, 2015 | Washing Machines

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foul water smell coming from washer after using machine.


Check the hoses to make sure there are no leaks or standing water behind. Try running a cycle or two of vinegar water and baking soda water to kill any mildew that might be in the tub.
New washers often give off an odor described as a burning match or electrical smell. This is normal and is caused by the "wearing in" of clutch shoes and the heating of new paint on the motor windings.
Older washer odors are usually caused by leaving the washer lid closed when not in use. This does not allow air to circulate and dry out the moisture remaining in tub area. The air and moisture mixture becomes stagnant and creates an odor. When washer is not in use, leaving the lid up/open for air circulation will help prevent odor.


To get rid of odors inside of washer follow the steps listed below:
  1. Fill the washer with hot water; set at regular speed & longest time.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of Calgon Clothes Detergent. (Baking soda can be substituted) .
  3. Allow washer to complete entire wash and rinse cycle.
  4. If odor lingers, repeat entire process.

Oct 18, 2009 | Washing Machines

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after washing my machine smells like stagnant water


Hi

First check to make sure that the machine is draining properly and that the pump filter is clear of any debris.

If the machine is a frontloader a common place for mold to build up is the rubber seal around the door. Clean this out as well as you can with ordinary kitchen cleaner then place a heaped cup of baking soda directly into the drum and run an empty hot/boil wash on a full cycle.

Baking soda has a cleaning and neutralising effect and will help remove any build up of mold or gunge within the machine. You may need to run two of these washes before you see a solid result.

Thereafter I recommend you run a monthly 'maintenance wash' with the baking soda to prevent the problem arising again.

Hope this helps. Thanks for using FixYa.

Sep 26, 2009 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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Tub smells of stagnant water


there sa new product on the market available at at major chains, and also online AFFRESH tabs!!!!!! works wonders for htat particular problem

Mar 08, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Washer smells like stagnant water


Open the door and let it air dry between washes doesnt have to be wide open but not latched either also run a hot wash with no clothes and 1.5 cups of bleach (pour bleach in the tub after it fills not in the bleach disp)

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