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Whirlpool Duet Washer - Odor problem

I continue to have problems with the odor as well even after the bleach suggestion. This week I thought I would try to wipe dry just under the gray rubber gasket and my towel came out covered in a gray black mater that was slimy. My guess is that it is a lint off of the clothes. It is really gross and it lines the entire circumfrance. My husbanc put on rubber gloves and went in to try and get it out but that was really messy and didn't accomplish much. Help!

I am sure that is what is causing the odor we are all getting so how do we clean that part of the washer?

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  • tvaldez Feb 07, 2009

    Hi Joyce, it is the mildew smell. But I believe it is coming from the buildup of of wet lint (I am assuming it is lint).

  • vickster4 Feb 08, 2009

    I'm glad I'm not alone. I agree with tvaldez, sounds like a Whirlpool problem. I've also had my washer for 4 years and this stinky problem has just started. So has anyone found any home remedies for this? Is Whirlpool looking into this problem?

  • westport-Ct Feb 08, 2009

    I have had the same problem and have tried everything for over two years to no avail. I use only small amounts of special detergent and no fabric softener. I have tried several suggestions including afresh, bleach and another cleaner. I have even attempted to run several water only cycles in sanitary mode. All solutions have small marginal improvement that lasts about two days. I spend more time cleaing teh machine that cleaning my clothes!! Whirlpool cannot figure out how to fix.

  • Anngracie Feb 08, 2009

    I see the problem of mildew odour as one created by Whirlpool in the design of the machine. It just makes no sense that one would have to literally take the machine apart to find the cause. If bleach and other products are not working, we should be looking at a recall of these machines.

    Pat Vienneau

    Model number GHW9100LQ

  • Lissee63 May 15, 2009

    I have they same smell gross I did everything leaving all doors open wiping inside rubber using ahh fresh and the new tide product. doing the bleach cycle. This is the last whirlpool I get the last one was in a class action suit calypso I hope there will be a class action I will be in on that

  • kinikia May 16, 2009

    I have the same problem with the smell. Like everyone else, I have tried everthing I can think of and nothing helps. The only thing that seems to help the problem not get worse is leaving the door open a bit when not in use. I just bought something called Tide Washing Machine Cleaner which I am hoping will solve the problem. I believe this is a new product--I have never noticed it before. Anyone used it?

  • junabug May 26, 2009

    Our Duet is 3 yrs. old and the problem of bad odor just became noticeable. My wife wiped inside with lysol. I have checked gray rubber boot and it is clean. But odor persists. I have not disassembled hoses and have no solution. I will try calling Whirlpool, but am not hopeful.

  • JOYCE BROOKS May 11, 2010

    this is joyce

    What kind of smell is it exactly?

    does it smell like mold or rubber?

    blech should have killed the modl oder if that was what it was.

    let me know please

    joyce

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I had this problem and I believe it is caused by slimy lint inside the hose that discharges the dirty water. I poured bleach in the hose and let it sit there for a while (the way the hose would normally curve prior to discharging into the slop sink). It has been good for about two weeks now.

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It isn't fixed but I am not interested in paying for a solution. If there is a defect in the design of the machine, and it sounds like there is based on the number of other 'odor' problems, Whirlpool should be addressing it.

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