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WHRE5550K2WW My washer smells musty. Used the usual cleaning methods-didn't work. I'm trying to open the top so I can see if a piece of clothing is stuck but can't seem to figure it out.

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How do we clean with this machine .


Is this a front-load washer or top load?

Is the machine operating properly, or are your clothes getting a musty smell?

The musty smell has a few solutions, One may work but probably a combination of all will work best.


Immediately move wet clothes to the dryer, do not let them sit in the washer for a long time.
If your clothes smell, put mouthwash with your clothes directly in the tub during the wash cycle (this will not stain your clothes)
leave the door open when not in use (lets it dry out)
If the washer smells, use bleach and hot water in an empty cycle once in a while (kills just about every kind of bacteria or mold which may be causing the smell)
Use washing machine cleaner once in a while(can be found at your local grocery store isle next to detergent)
Dry your clothes completely, damp clothes can start to smell again.

If you are looking for a new washer, try to find a newer model that features a stainless steel tub with silver impregnation. The silver is a natural disinfectant.

Mar 15, 2012 | Washing Machines

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I have a whirlpool cabrio washing machine. I have a problem. Our clothes are coming out smelling musty and nasty. They dont start smelling until they are wet, like with sweat Or the towels when we dry off...


If you dont wash whites with clorine bleach, you may want to every once in a while. Clorine kills germs and backteria which can smell. washer pumps do not get 100% of the water out.

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There is a musty smell in the maytag washer even b4 I fill it with water, I've disconneted the hoses & flushed with bleach that did not take care of it,Iv'e run washes without clothes in it...


When a moldy or musty smell develops in a washing machine, many times the smell is coming from the open areas of the agitator. Water along with soap and/or liquid softener sometimes splashes into an open agitator, and when the lid is closed it does not dry out. Instead, mold begins to form, and a musty smell wafts from inside the machine, even after the lid has been opened for an extended period of time. Until the mold is removed the washing machine will continue to smell bad, even if it is used and allowed to air dry with the lid open.The tub can also be the source of the smell. Lint can gather and collect in the holes, and when it does not dry fast enough it ends up smelling musty and moldy. Even the top of the rim can become moldy and musty, but proper cleaning can get rid of the odor.

So that said.To clean the machine,fill to just above the top row of holes in the tub.Add 2 cups of bleach.Let sit for 1-2 hours.Then let the machine run it`s wash cycle.Lastly use bleach water and a rag to wipe the machine down inside and out.If the agitator has a cup on top remove and clean with bleach.Leave the top open so the machine can dry.

Now it should smell better,if so use as normal,and leave the lid open when not in use.

May 15, 2011 | Maytag Washing Machines

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Do you need to keep the door open when not being used. i know some models require that.


Hi,

There's no special requirement that you need to keep the door open. But, If you keep it closed after your done washing, some water is usually left behind and if you don't wash for a few days it could make the first few loads have a certain musty odor. I always leave the door open for a few days to dry out the insides then close the door and I haven't noticed the musty smell. Good luck.

Apr 19, 2011 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Hotpoint ultima wd860; My washing keeps coming out smelling musty even though I use conditioner regularly. Is ther a filter I need to clean out. Thanks


you need to clean the draw and the inside of the draw and clean the rubber door seal all way round when you done that use a washer clean detergent whitch should be at a super market. and run it at 90 or 95 temp cottons wash it should stop the smell beacause dirt is buliding up so a good clean should stop it.hope this helps.

Sep 02, 2009 | Hotpoint Ultima WF860 Front Load Washer

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1994 Kenmore 90 series washer smells musty


Do a boil wash without clothes & detergents, with a cup of bicarbonate of soda in the soap drawer.

Mar 30, 2009 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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Clothes come out of washer smelling musty


It sound like lint bult up under agitator orIn Between inner and outer tub it would have to be manualy cleaned thanks and good luck:)

Nov 16, 2008 | Maytag MAV3855A Top Load Washer

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Musty smell


Great, I'll flag this one as ok. If you have anymore problems, we'll be here.

Jun 30, 2008 | Kenmore Oasis HE 27082 Top Load Washer

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Musty smell


Make sure the door is kept open when not in use and also make shure that you do the cleaning procedure as described on the book once a month.

May 18, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Musty smell, but can't tell from where


I have the same problem with a 3 month old ge front loading washer.after 1 month it started off smelling musty..I thought it was my imagination, now at 3 months old our clothes smell so bad I think we might just have to buy new clothes! everytime I wash a load the clothes smell worse and now you can even smell it just walking into our closet 2 floors up. A new washing washing machine should NOT be doing this! so far leaving the door open in between washes has helped a little but I plan on tipping it back and finding the hidden filter today. Isn't it lovely that they don't mention a filter that needs monthly cleaning or it's location in the manuals?!

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