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How do I get rid of the musty odor coming from my washer after every time it runs

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Vinegar usually works miracles. Try running a full run on the longest, most intense wash cycle with hot water, and a bottle of vinegar.

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After more than two years--a significant amount of soap ****/curd has accumulated in the washer. Odor-causing bacteria flourishes on this build-up.
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I have had my HE3T washer about 4-5 years and have really loved it. For the last couple of weeks, I have had a musty smell coming from my machine. I have cleaned the rubber rim at the front of the...


The musty odor coming from front loaders is a common problem. The following link epxlains some of the common causes and remedies you may try:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608512-getting_rid_front_loader_mildew_odor


Most notably, this problem is compounded by not leaving the door open between uses to allow the tub to air out and/or something clogged in the drain pump reservior.

The following link explains how to access and clean out the drain pump (if required):

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574284-checking_the_drain_pump_on_a_front_loade

If you are not using HE detergent you could be causing the build up of soap scum which can also cause odors. In addition, if you don't use hot water cycles regularly, you may not be sanitizing the drum enough. I personally own a front loader such as yours and have never had a problem with odors or mildew by following the regiment I have outlined. If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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


what kind of washer?
all front load washers get this issue
the way to get rid of the smell is by doing an acid wash to your machine
set the washer to the highest temp setting (sanitize would be best)
mix in 1/2 to 2/3 cup of javex or white vinigar, either one will do it
run your washer through the longest cycle possible with no clothes in it
may need to be done more than once. and up to once a month

the smell is caused by leftover detergent and leftover fabric softner gathering on the interior shell and in the rubber boot at the door.
front load washers do not require much detergent at all, and even less fabric softner.
be careful on how much of these you are using, more is not better
this will help prevent the odor from comming back
as well when laundry is not being done, the front door should be left open a bit to allow air movement in the washer.
hope this helps

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Run a wash on the highest temperature, and add some vinegar into it. May do this more than one time. Be strict to wash on the higest temp some times in the month.

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