Question about Washing Machines
I bought my LG washer & dryer set in July of 2006 and have taken great care of these machines. Just 5 months ago the washer started smelling like mildew even though I dry inside the rubber seal on the door and leave the door open to air dry inside after I'm finished with the laundry. I've been in contact with LG & Home Depot where I bought them and they've advised me to run bleach through it, empty the drain located on the front, rund Whirl Out through it, etc... I've done all of these things and still have this horrible smell coming from inside the drum itself. The water that I emptied from the drain had no odor. When I clean under and in between the rubber seal on the door there is no sign of mildew or the odor on the towel that I use. I stick my head inside the washer and it's obvious that's where it's coming from. I was told the tub has a 5 year warranty on it. I don't know what else to do. I've wasted so much time of course trying to do everything possible (without taking this stupid thing apart) to make this smell go away or find the actual cause and no such luck. In researching the internet I've found where I'm not the only person having this problem, knor is LG the only washer that has the mildew smell, but they're all front loaders with the same problem. I've reported it to consumer affairs, but I don't know what else I can do! I spent so much money on this machine and it makes me sick to think that I'm stuck with a mildew smelling washing machine!!! HELP>>>>>>>PLEASE!!!!!!!!! I have the exact problem with my LG front loader!! My husband said he's going to buy a new one for just his clothes and wash his downstairs.....so only I'm stuck with the smelly clothes... I have the same problem. Mine started smelling after a year. I will try the Affresh, but I will never buy another front loader again. I run a load with bleach only and it help, but what a pain. I am in the process of replacing all my towel. This isn't a time or money saver.
I have had the same problem with my LG washer and this is what I have done, It does work, but you have to keep at it.
Ok so I noticed the sludgy gross looking crud that had built up around the rubber around the door, so my husband too some pool shock, about 2 to 3 tablespoons an put it right into the drum of the washer and we ran it through the tub clean cycle. That cleaned the goop right up really good, but we still had the smell, so we knew now that that wasn't the cause. We tired bleach, vinegar, filling the washer with bleach or vinegar added to the water, and let it sit overnight and kept turning the drum every now and then. None of that helped, but then I read a comment by someone one here, that they took the detergent dispenser out and put baking a couple of TBSP of baking soda in there and then put the dispenser back and ran a load through, so I tried that. Well, the baking soda stayed there and wouldn't budge, so that didn't work. But then I decided to try just putting it right into the detergent dispenser and running it through. That did seem to help, but I could still smell the smell somewhat. So my husband suggested we just add a TBSP of baking soda every time we did a load of laundry. I have been doing that for the past week, and it seems to be working. Another thing I have been doing is putting an air sponge inside the washing machine and leaving it there between uses. That really seems to work too, but you have to replace them when they need to be replaced, or the smell will start to come back.
Since doing the baking soda thing though, I am noticing that my clothes are no longer smelling like clothes that have been left sitting in the machine would smell.
So, give both a try and hopefully it will work for you too. Not that we should have to be going to all this bother and expense for a washing machine, but it's better than throwing the thing out the door, like I was ready to do.
Posted on Jun 01, 2012
Causes of grease, slime and black mould inside washing machine Your problem has nothing to do with the washing machine, any washing machine - even the best can be affected. I suspect your problem is mostly related to using liquid detergents that contain no bleaching agents
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have tried several different things for my stinky LG washing machine that I just bought September 2007, including "remedies" from the customer service at LG - nothing worked for me. FINALLY, I HAVE DISCOVERED A SOLUTION AND AM SOOOO THANKFUL! I removed the liquid detergent tray and sprinkled baking soda (probably 2-3 tablespoons) where powdered detergent goes, and ran a cycle with hot water, no clothes, no detergent. This got rid of the smell, but the very next time I did a load of clothes with detergent, the stinky smell came back. So I tried adding baking soda in the same manner with every load of laundry I did (underneath the liquid detergent tray) and it has worked!!! With every load of laundry, I remove the liquid detergent tray and sprinkle approximately a tablespoon of baking soda and then replace the tray and fill it as normal with my liquid detergent (whatever is on sale, the brand of detergent has not made a difference for me). This is ALL I do. No leaving the door open, cleaning the rubber seal, wiping anything out. I believe the smell is a result of stuff we can't see or even get to and that's why the baking soda works.
I hope this helps someone else.
Posted on Nov 06, 2007
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