Posted in 2008
had my Duet for 5+ years with no odor until the past 6 months or
so. Even changing to a more fragrant fabric softener didn't make my
cleaned clothes and towels smell clean. I noticed it especially when I
would grab my towel after a shower. For
a while I thought someone else was using my towel and stinking it up.
Then I realized it was the whole laundry. ( I was having my laundry
done for me... otherwise I probably would have realized it sooner.
After reading all the
suggestions for resolving this sour odor I thought I would try some of
the ideas suggested that I hadn't already tried. Then it dawned on me
that about 6 months ago I switched from a powdered detergent (SA8, an
Amwy/Quixtar product) and dryer sheets to a well-known well-ranked
Liquid Detergent and a fabric softener. I only switched because my son
like the way his friend's laundry smelled when he borrowed a shirt. I
was using fragrance-free products. So I had fragrant laundry for a
short time. Then it started to smell sour. Maybe this change was the
I've ordered another box of the powdered detergent and I'm going back
to dryer sheets.
In the meantime I'm still doing stinky laundry. Same day I order new
detergent, I decide to wash a load with some very stained baseball
pants. I sometimes use a small amount (1/4 cup) of Oxy Clean, with my detergent but I
decided to go full-strength which on the box said 1 cup. Hot water
wash. Put it in with the clothes. Same liquid detergent, no fabric
softener. When I took out the laundry, for the first time in months, it
smelled clean. No stale, sour odor. Next load, nice smell again.
Decided to do one more load with 1 cup Oxy Clean again. I'm still
going to switch back to the SA8 (which is by the way highly ranked by
Consumer's reports) and dryer sheets.
By the way, a few weeks ago I had to disconect the water discharge line
behind the washer. The sludgy goo that was in the line and machine
where the two connected was disgusting, but didn't smell bad. I cleaned
it out with my finger. Ugh!
So it's now several months later. My clothes smell clean, as does my washer. I switched to powder and only occasionally use liquid softener. Still occasionally use the full dose of Oxyclean with a hot load. I occasionally wipe down the door and seal... especially the bottom of the window, and always leave the door ajar when not in use.