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I have a great tip for making a smelly clothes washer smell fresh and clean, given to me by a Maytag repairman. Simply run dishwasher detergent powder, not liquid, through your machine with no clothing in it, about once or twice a month.
It works and it is cheaper than the specialized products that do the same thing. Use the same amount you would use of laundry detergent for your particular machine.
If you live in an area with hard water, the white powder is probably hard water residue / deposits. Most detergent does not clean hard water deposits anymore because there are new laws that required a change in the ingredients of dishwasher detergent. Here's a product that was created to solve this exact problem. Add about 2 tablespoons to your normal detergent. It's all-natural & made from dehydrated orange peels! They will send a free sample if you ask for one. www.CloudyDishes.com Hard Water Stains Cloudy Dishes Dishwasher Detergent
You could purchase front loader washing machine cleaning chemical or soap. My experience with cleaning chemical and soap was to just masking smell, not fixing the problem. I did a few search and came out with using vinegar, baking powder and bleach is most effective way to clean and get smell out of washing machine. ie run cleaning cycle with 1 or 2 cup of vinegar, let it run for 20 ~ 30 minutes and pause for 30 minutes (it help break it up) let resume and finish cycle. Run cleaning cycle again with baking powder. If your machine don't have cleaning cycle use hot water and heavy load setting. Hope this help you.
I'm guessing you use fabric softer....Get some finish dishwashing powder and put a wash on with high water level with no cloths in it. let it do it's normal wash but before it drains any water out, pause the wash let it soak over night. next day unpause it and let it finish. Repeat if needed and do the same thing again with out any dishwashing powder in it to make sure it rinses all the soap out.
The black sludge is cause by using fabric softener. The costic in the finish powder will eat in to the sludge and soften it. If its really baked on it my need to soak for longer, more powder or it may need to be stripper and cleaned.
Hi, You did not mention front or top loading machine so I am going to assume you have a front loading machine.
Do this to clean your machine. Run a hot wash with 1/4 cup NON-bleach "powdered dishwashing soap" (Dawn or Cascade) and 1 cup of bleach. Then run a rinse with 2 cups vinegar and finally a regular wash with cleaning rags and HE type laundry soap. You may hae to do the dishwashing powder and 1 cup bleach wash 2 times to clear a bad case of mildew build up. You will not find this in any manufacturers user's manual but it will rid your machine of the nasty / musty smells.
If you are using regular laundry soap this problem will repeat often. If your using HE laundry soap you should do the above procedure about every 90 days.
We would appreciate hearing any success or failures related to your post by a future response from you as to how the solution above worked out.
take out powder compartment its more likely its gone all black....also in side of the machine... get white vinager clean all inside and powder capartment .... put 2 ltrs of white vinager in drum place powder unit back were it should be..... turn machine on with no cloths in on full heat wash (boil wash)....wash through again with powder when finished ....twis before putting any cloths in ..there you have it ...oh check pump filter befor all this :)
The slime is almost certainly the enzymes in the washing powder that are there to digest the dirt getting left behind.
3 things you can try:
As a one off to help clear out the slime, throw a couple of DISHWASHER tablets into the machine and run it through the hottest cycle it has. This may help get rid of the problem, but it will of course come back.
Reduce the amount of washing powder you are using and keep cutting back until you get to the point where the clothes arent getting clean (This has the advantage of cutting the cost of your powder purchases too!). This should allow the machine to more effectively purge the drum when it rinses.
Finally, change your powder, if for no other reason than a test, go try a pack of NON-BIO washing powder and see if that helps. If it does, either stick with it or experiment with other powders until you find one that helps and you like.
A combination of 2 and 3 above should eventually get you where you need to be.
Yes you can.
Remember a front loader has no gearbox so no oil is coming from there?
fabric conditioner, washing powder,and oils from our bodys can build up on the tub walls.
All it needs is a good flush out.
You can use dishwashing powder.
Run it through with no clothes in you washing machine on a hot wash or a wash and hold a couple of times to flush it out. NZL