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Odors on the clothes after washing in Maytag front loader

We have done everything that both the customer service rep and the repairman recommened (extra hot water, bleach, baking soda,affresh, etc.)

We are so frustrated with our 10 month old washer. It may be energy efficent but we have used more water and especially hot water since purchasing it.

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  • tonikirby Oct 23, 2008

    We tried washing the towels and there was no visable soap but we were using way too much Tide HE liquid and Downy liquid each time.



    Will that correct the problem from now on?

  • tonikirby Oct 24, 2008

    I've got the sanitary cycle going right now 155 minutes long with super hot water plus had included the affresh tablets.



    I'll let you know how the next load turns out.

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The brand of your front loader is not that material on this issue. What is happening is that your old top load washer may have used as much as 45 gallons of water per cycle, while some front loaders use as little as 12. Because of the low water use, you must cut back on the additives you are using. Use only 1 tablespoon of HE detergent (even less if 2x or 3x detergent) per load. If you use fabric softener, use only 1 teaspoon per load. Odor on clothes after wash is indicating that the detergent and or softener has not been fully rinsed out. If you throw a load of washed towels into your machine and start a cycle without any soap, then stop the cycle, you should not see any suds. If you do, there is obviously soap left in the clothes. With bath towels, the towels are used to absorb clean water off a clean body. They do not need soap when you wash them, and never use fabric softener on towels.

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    Carl Schulzetenberg Oct 23, 2008

    Thanks for Trying? Why shoot the messenger? If you want to rant, there are lots of other forums out there. I listed exactly what I have found has worked for me personally and in my professional experience. It may not work in your case, but it has for many.

  • Carl Schulzetenberg
    Carl Schulzetenberg Oct 24, 2008

    If your washer has a assessable filter, clean that out first, and if it has a tub clean or sanitary cycle use that cycle (if not, use hottest longest cycle available) with 3 Affresh tablets or use whirlaway to clean out the washer outer tub (the not visible tub that holds the water). You might want to use another cycle like that with bleach to head off mold or mildew growth. Use of proper amount of detergent and fabric softener should really help the clothes odor issue from then on. Also check the tub seal at the bottom of the door area to clean out any lint from drain hole areas to help prevent water from remaining in the tub seal area.

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