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Smell from tub

Machine is actually the Hoover AL 120 - a front-loader like the 130. Have run two 95-deg washes without clothes through (2nd with som edettol) bu tsmell persists. Suspect it's bacteria. Shuld I use bleach? With hot water? How?

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  • Sean McSweeney Jun 19, 2006

    I ended up running vinegar through and bleach and soda crystals (all SEPARATELY, note - God knows what would happen if you put them all in together & heated them to 95deg!!). It took a few goes but worked. The key thing, if you don't use v hot washes frequently is to run a service wash once a month (just soap powder at 90+ deg, no actual laundry). If there is a smell you will have to use one or more of the above remedies. An important tip (to avoid bacteria build-up) - keep the door open when not in use. (If you have small pets, this will mean checking inside before bunging a load of laundry in & shutting the door!)

    Hoover's own website was v useful (sorry can't remember the url)

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Does it the first time you have this bad smell and for how long do you use this machine in its cuurent location ? Try to run an empty machine cycle with a quart of vinegar to clean the tub and pump. Let me know if it solve your problem ? Good luck !

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