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Front Loading LG Washing Machine leaves smelly sludge in wash tub

The run-off from our new front loading washing machine creates a pasty sludge in the wash tub that smells bad. How do we solve this problem?

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  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    I have the same problem this is awful. I have tried to get a rag and clean out between the rubber but is almost impossible. Any ideas??



  • faithwalker Feb 10, 2009

    We have the same machine. We have had it only 3 years and nothing but problems! Repair costs and messes on the floor! It gets to the point where I have to take the clothes out and wring them out and call for help.



    I try to keep it clean, and religiously clean the filter, etc etc...



    The smell is terrible, too! I have to run the fan and spray febreeze in the laundry room.



    I finally found out today the fabric softener is causing problems with the 'hall' and we replaced it. I plan to cut way back on the softener and use bounce sheets instead even though they are suppose to be bad for dryers.

  • sharonhome May 17, 2009

    the black scum build up is relentless. Every 2 or 3 washers I have to deal with getting down on my knees with rags and usually a butter knife to scrape out the scum. These rags you must dispose of. You must do this clean up or the odor will sicken you and you will also ruin your clean clothes as you pull them out of the drum. If you let the scum get on your clothes you are in for a complex cleaning ordeal to get the scum off. The tablets that are recommended are expensive and help very little. Plus every time you use a tablet - about every few days -- you must use a full load of hot water - with no clothes - empty!!! What a waste of energy and water is that? I am just sick over this machine. I replaced an old top loader cheap GE machine that I had for l5 years and it worked perfectly. No maintenance. Never had to give it a thought. I got myself a brand new front loader thinking it'd be easy and new and last me in my old age. Now the maintenance on this LG thing is going to get harder and harder for a person with arthritic hands and knees. I'll need help before long just to do the laundry where as with the old machine, I could have continued doing the laundry on my own with ease. I can't picture a really sickly person able to do laundry with this machine. And I can't imagine the hell a big family must be dealing with trying to keep up with the large laundry demands they would have and the constant maintenance required with this LG thing.

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This machine has a tub clean feature that you're supposed to run with bleach. I did this and it helped the smell s bit. Recently we had an error code and the repair man that came to fix it gave me some good tips. His experience has been that the smell is from too much soap causing build up in the seal and along the tub. His suggestion was to cut back on the amount of he detergent (he said a tablespoon is sufficient). His company recommends using a product called Whirlout (you can buy it at Home Depot). It was originally meant to clean scum out of hot tub jets. Apparently if you call LG they will recommend this product, but haven't bothered to suggest it in the owner's manual. I was told to put one to two capfuls directly into the tub (not the detergent bay) and run the tub clean cycle. I used it last night and it worked - no more musty, yucky smell!

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Make a boil wash (with no clothes and detergents) put in the powder's drawer a cup of bicarbonate of soda. It should clean the machine and move out the bad smell. Good luck!

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I have a co worker with this same machine but she has always used vinegar instead of softner and has had no problems. She also checks the lint filter a couple times a month. I work for a Maytag dealer and we always suggest leaving the door cracked or open when the machine is not in use so that it can get air inside and dry before the mold has a chance to set in. Also try washing your last load of the day with bleach. It will help kill the mold as well. Make sure your are using an HE labeled detergent like Tide or All.

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I have a front loading machine also and am not willing to have to constantly clean out the machine -- the soap and fabric softeners you use are building up between the inner and outer drums (and on the drum itself sometimes). Because the machines door is so tightly sealed (to prevent water leakage) the smell from this buildup is awful. I finally found the solution. MAGGIE'S SOAP NUTS -- they are all natural (grow on trees) and will remove the grime from your drum and also clean your clothes (you won't even need fabric softener anymore). Stop using commercial detergents and fabric softeners and start using Maggie's Soap Nuts. They are not very cheap but they work great -- I have found that making a liquid out of the soap nuts and storing it in a bottle works better than putting them in the sack cloth they come with (because front loaders do not agitate constantly like regular machines, the cloth bag sits on the clothes and sometimes leaves a stain -- the liquid will not leave a stain. YOU WILL SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM AND HAVE SOFTER CLOTHES TO BOOT (without fabric softener so you save some money there). They are also better for septic tanks, the environment and your health! I believe Whole Foods sells them and they are also on the internet at www.Maggiessoapnuts.com Note: Also go to www.newstarget.com -- they are going to buy these in bulk to cut the cost in half but don't have them yet. You should be able to buy them there soon.

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  • LTapper Aug 23, 2007

    Note: Forgot to tell you to run some of this thru your machine with hot water before washing your clothing to clean out the buildup that is already in the machine.

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