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Getting Rid of Front Loader Mildew and Odor

This advice is for that awful mildew smell associated with front loader style washing machines.
Place the washer on the hottest setting you have with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a “Clean Cycle” available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

USE HE DETERGENT ONLY. Using regular detergent, or improper amounts of detergent can contribute to the build up of soap scum in which dirt can collect. Regular detergent is formulated to be used in a conventional wash tub with capacity of about 35 gallons. A high efficiency front loader only uses 5 to 7 gallons of water. So, if you use regular detergent in a front loader, you are, in affect, using about 5 times the concentration of detergent needed. This can cause oversudsing, premature wear on the pump motor and parts, premature wear on rubber seals, odor from sticky soap residue and skin irritations caused by soap residue left in clothing. Using improper detergent will also void the manufacturer's warranty. Make sure you READ all detergent labels some HE detergent is double (2X) and triple (3X) concentrated.

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Jan 09, 2016 | Washing Machines

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Getting Rid of Front Loader Mildew and Odor


Lot of people don't realize how important it is to use the proper HE soap. I always stick to the name brand. Thanks.

Dec 09, 2009 | Washing Machines

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Front Loader Mildew & Odor


With only two fairly clean adults in the house, I use the front loading Kenmore only a few times a month. I had irremovable dirt streaks on whites which I finally found were being deposited from scummy build-up inside the bellows seal. I also have to use a syringe to remove at least a 1/3 of a cup of water still standing in the bellows. Leaving the door open does not evaporate this much water. I don't believe that the amount of water used in these machines is enough to acutally clean clothes. I'm planning on replacing this machine with a Fisher Paykel top loader because of the design of the agitator. I also long for the old style of top loader that allowed me to clean the filter myself!

Apr 14, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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I have a kenmore front load washer it was in my house when I moved in with no manual so I don't know what exact model it is. It smells musty and awful and I want to remove bottom panel to clean, how do I do this? Have put bleach through the washer, cleaned the rubber at the front of the machine with bleac and it still smells, any ideas?


The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.



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Sep 29, 2010 | Kenmore HE2 Plus Front Load Washer

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i'm finding mold on the inside ring of my washer, and i'm not sure how to get rid of it or prevent it.


If you are referring to a Whirlpool Duet series front loader, the following link can give you some guidance on how to prevent mold, mildew and odors associated with these style washers:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608512-getting_rid_front_loader_mildew_odor

If you are not referring to a front loader, please post back with a complete MODEL NUMBER. I hope you find this information helpful.

NOTE: Because of the mold and mildew problems associated with these washers, the manufacturer now includes many of these recommendations in the owner's manual.

Aug 13, 2010 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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