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Mold Smell in front loading LG Tromm

We are on our second washer and are experiencing the mold smell again. I have heard that you need to keep a front load washer open, but I know my brother has the same and does not do that. Our clothes smell like mold if we leave them in there for even just 5 minutes after the cycle is done. I have done a bleach cycle with the hottest water, but within a few day it is back. The last time water leaked into the casing of the machine and mold was there. HELP!!!!

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Re: Mold Smell in front loading LG Tromm

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!

Posted on Aug 15, 2007

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