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Front load washer smells!

After a year and a half of use our Whirlpool Front load washer smells like mold or mildew. We have run it empty with just clorox. We have used a scrub brush around the ring and can't seem to get rid of the smell. It hasn't effected my clothes yet but I worry we are only a few washes away from it! we have had our machine for 2 years, and had the moldy mildew smell for some time now. we have tried white vinegar, bleach, refresh tablets, along with manual cleanings of the tub and rubber gaskets. the problem still exists. IS THERE ANY SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. I AM READY TO GET A TOP LOADER !!!

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    Yes, the odor is unpleasant now matter which detergent I use. the Clothes smell and have to be rewashed often. It is not the machine I thought I was buying. The dryer is worse ridiculous time to dry, and the smell.



    I wish I had looked into other machines.

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The owners manual tells you to leave the door open when not in use, they seal to tight and the air can not circulate to dry. Also there is a procedure you are to do once a month to clean it in the manual, this is to keep down any oder and clean it out. It involves bleach.

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Did you check for small wet items just inside the door? Push in on the soft gray rubber area right down in front and made certain you don't have something soured down in that area.

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There is nothing wrong with your Whirlpool washer. All washing machines have this problem. The gasket is just the tip of the problem and a symptom of buildup deeper inside the washing machine on the inside of the plastic outer tub. The worst area is always just above the normal waterline where suds and soiled water splash up and don't get rinsed out. To clean this "splash area" add a cap of smelly washer cleaner to a full load of laundry. The added bulk of the laundry will raise the water level to include the splash area. Intermittently pausing to soak will help with extreme cases. To compare "Affresh" (not "refresh") with Smelly Washer Cleaner watch the Youtube video on this post.

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My whirlpool duet washer has a terrible odor. nothing I have tried does away with the smell. Can you help?

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We had the same problem until i figured out that if you just leave the washer door open a few inches when not in use. it helps to air circulate air in the tub dry it out a bit so there is no condinsation building

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You rusing hte AFFRESH tabs, this should leesen the issue, I would advise that you also use an HE detergent, and little bit at that, regualr detergent not good for thesse machines

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WHY IS THERE A BUILD UP OF SLIME / MOULD ON DOOR SEAL. HAVE TO KEEP SCUBBING OFF.


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How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Front-Load Washing Machines

moldy-smell-washing-machine-1.jpg Front-load washing machines are notorious for collecting mold.
I've had my front-loading washing machine for about four years, and it has some great advantages - it's quiet, fast, uses less water and detergent, and gently tumbles (rather than yanking) my clothes. In general, I've been so pleased with it that I was shocked one day when I opened the door and was nearly knocked unconscious by a fetid blast of moldy-smelling air!
How could a machine that's so wonderful, suddenly turn so horribly smelly?
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Gaskets hold moisture.
The answer is in the way the machine is designed. Front-loading washing machines have watertight, airtight doors that seal with a rubber gasket. That rubber seal traps moisture in the machine and also provides the perfect nooks and crannies for mold and mildew to grow.
Top-loading washing machines, on the other hand, have a rather loose fitting metal door that easily allows the tank to dry out between loads.
The problem isn't helped by our laundry preferences. High sudsing detergents and liquid fabric softeners leave behind residues and films that invite mold growth. Cold-water cycles and mild, eco-friendly detergents don't quite blast away residues like their environmentally-unfriendly counterparts.
So, to keep mold at bay, front-load washers need just a bit more maintenance than top-loading machines.

How to Get Rid of Mold and Smells in Top-Load Washers

If you've got a stinky front-load washing machine, here's how to get it smelling fresh again:
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-3.jpg Cleaning gasket on washer.
  • Clean Gasket: Use a rag or towel to clean the rubber door gasket on a front-loading washer with either hot soapy water or a spritz of mildew cleaner. Make sure to wipe underneath and around it as well. Be prepared for some slime and gunk, and possibly a stray sock or two!
  • Clean Dispensers: Remove the detergent dispensers and give them a good scrubbing. If they don't come out, clean them as best you can, using a bottle or pipe cleaner to reach back into the crevices.
  • Run Cleaning Cycle: Next, run an empty wash cycle on the longest, hottest water setting (or a tub-cleaning cycle, if you have it). Add one of the following directly to the wash tub:
    • 1 cup of bleach.
    • 1 cup of baking soda.
    • 1/2 cup of powdered enzymatic dishwasher detergent (such asCascade Complete).
    • A commercial residue-busting washer cleaner (such as Affresh orSmelly Washer).
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-4.jpg Commercial cleaning pellets.
  • Repeat Cleaning Cycle: If the problem persists, repeat the cleaning cycle and consider trying a different additive. It might take several cycles to get the smell out.
  • Professional Help: If you've tried every way to clean your front-load washer and it still smells, you may have mold growing back behind the drum, or possibly a clogged drain or filter. A qualified repair person can dismantle the machine and clean it for you, or you can unplug the machine and carefully explore and clean it yourself.

Preventative Maintenance

Once your machine is clean, follow these tips to keep it that way:
    moldy-smell-washing-machine-5.jpg Allow washer tub to dry.
  • Air It Out: If possible, leave the door of the front-load washer cracked open to allow it to dry thoroughly between cycles. However, you shouldn't do this if you have children or pets who could be tempted to climb (and possibly become trapped) inside the machine.
  • Remove Loads Promptly: Be sure to remove wet clothes as soon as the cycle is finished. Set your washer to beep when it's done, so you don't forget.
  • Choose Detergent Wisely: Choose low-sudsing detergents specifically made for high-efficiency (HE) machines. When possible, choose powder over liquid; liquid detergents are usually higher in suds.
  • moldy-smell-washing-machine-6.jpg Clean washer dispensers.
  • Use Less Detergent: Read the labels and use no more than the amount recommended for each load. Experiment with using less detergent, until you find the minimum amount necessary (sometimes just a spoonful) to get your clothes clean.
  • Avoid Fabric Softener: Liquid fabric softeners leave residue that contributes to mold in front-load washers. Instead, use dryer sheets or dryer balls to soften your clothes.
  • Dry Gaskets: Use an old towel to wipe around and underneath the door gaskets and the inside of the door on front-loading washers. Ideally, you should so this after every cycle, but at the very least it needs a periodic wipe down to remove any water or mildew trapped in the folds.
  • Use Bleach: About once a month, run a hot water bleach cycle. I usually take the opportunity to throw in work towels, fabric shower curtains, and muddy gardening clothes, along with that nasty gasket-cleaning towel.
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Good Luck

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I have a mildew smell within the washer and have


Leave the door open all the time and it will dry out and the mold and smell will subside.

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This is for internal issues.
If the problem is external, the machine may just need a good cleaning.

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Is the smell of mildew?

Run the washer on empty with beach and soap.

This is a common problem when the front door is left closed after use.

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Clean tub boot the best you can with bleach. Then run an empty load with sunlight automatic dish soap (verry little). Then this should clean and freshin the washer up. The best thing to do is not to shut the door on washer when not in use.

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Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLC, is currently investigating defects and other problems in certain front-loading washing machines manufactured and/or sold by Whirlpool, Kenmore, and LG Electronics, including Kenmore Elite HE3 front load washers, Whirlpool Duet front load washers and LG Tromm, LG XL and other LG model front load washers, which result in the growth of mold/mildew in the machines and which can cause the staining of clothes and other problems.

On August 29, 2007, SFMS filed a Complaint against Sears Holding Corp. involving its Kenmore HE, HE2, HE3, HE4, HE5 and other front-loading automatic washers. If you own a front-loading washing machine that is manufactured by any of the above-mentioned companies and are experiencing the growth of mold/mildew in the machine, visit the following website: www.frontloadwasherclassaction.com

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