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Musty smell coming from washer

How do I clean the washer since I don't have the self cleaning feature?

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When the washer is not in use, keep the door ajar and the detergent compartment open. I know it looks unkempt but it works. I think the machine is so air tight that it starts to build up mildew unless the doors are kept open.
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How do we clean with this machine .


Is this a front-load washer or top load?

Is the machine operating properly, or are your clothes getting a musty smell?

The musty smell has a few solutions, One may work but probably a combination of all will work best.


Immediately move wet clothes to the dryer, do not let them sit in the washer for a long time.
If your clothes smell, put mouthwash with your clothes directly in the tub during the wash cycle (this will not stain your clothes)
leave the door open when not in use (lets it dry out)
If the washer smells, use bleach and hot water in an empty cycle once in a while (kills just about every kind of bacteria or mold which may be causing the smell)
Use washing machine cleaner once in a while(can be found at your local grocery store isle next to detergent)
Dry your clothes completely, damp clothes can start to smell again.

If you are looking for a new washer, try to find a newer model that features a stainless steel tub with silver impregnation. The silver is a natural disinfectant.

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I have lost manual can you run something thru a load to clean machine such as vinegar or baking soda my machine smells musty


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The smell usually comes when the washer is unable to drain water completely, you can run your washer at its hottest temperature setting with 1 cup of vinegar inside the unit. After this take off the bottom front panel and clean it completely, also clean the drain hose and drain pump filter, the smell should disappear after doing all this. Hope this helps...please post back for further assistance.

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go to walmart and but these tablets that is suppse to clean out washers i think they should be down in the laundry soap aile

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MY FRONT LOAD WASHER STINKS! THERE IS A MUSTY ODOR COMING FROM INSIDE.


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Clothes have a musty smell if left in the washer


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leaving the door "Open" for several hours, when finnished, eliminates any future
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