My mother and I bought the same inexpensive Kenmore frontload washer about 2 years ago. They both smell horribly (I am trying the earlier solutions) plus my softener will not drain (trying that also). Our questions - the rubber that the door closes into is black with mildew. 1) Has anyone ever had that replaced? (we have sprayed with bleach) 2) Has it helped with the smell problem? 3) How did you get the smell out of your clothes and towels? 4)The detergent drawer holder (the part permanently attaced to the washer)has mildew inside. I have sprayed bleach and wiped, but I can't remove all.
Please help! Thank you.
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Re: kenmore washer smells/mildew on rubber
The smell problem is actually because of the softener....its nassssty stuff it coats the interior of the washer and forms a grease like residue. I would use Washer Magic (available at all appliance parts retailers) (only half the container in front loaders) and a hot wash. Also keep spraying the boot with bleach and water soluiton every few hours it will dissappear after awhile.
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If the washer is still was your cloth to the end cycle that ,ean the machine is good. To prevent the smell, make sure leave the door open after use. so the moisture not trap in the machine which can cause to smell for the next time you use.
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Here is a tip about how to clean your washer
PLEASE KKEP IN MIND THAT THE MAYTAG NEPRUNE FRONT LOAD WASHER IS WHAT GOT MAYTAG IN TROUBLE!!!!!!
Whirlpool bought MAYTAG about 3 year ago.
THe mold is because of the rubber boot in the front of the door. PLEASE check to see if the rubber seal has a small hole in the lower bottom of the seal to let small portions of water drain out. If you DO NOT have this small hole, you need to replace the rubber boot with one that has a hole.
NOW, WORD TO THE WISE and this is what I tell ALL FOLKS that have a FRONTLOAD WASHING MACHINE:
AFTER you washer in the washer LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN so that the washer can ventilate and remove any moisture that is within.
ALSO, every 2 months, get a WHITE CLOTH with WARM WATER and a littl;e bit of BLEACH and CLEAN THE RUBBER BOOT!!!!!!
Make sure there are no leaks from the machine. look behind it and check the water inlet hose and connectors for any damage. Also look under the machine for any water as this may indicate a leak from the internal hose and pipe work and / or water pump. Also check that the outlet hose is completely clear of debris and soap scum build up and check that the filter is clean. To keep the machine clean of waste build up and to keep any bad odours away 1.Remove all items from the washer. 2.Open the dispenser drawer and 2/3 cup (160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. DO NOT use more than 2/3 cup (160mL) of bleach per cycle as this will lead to product damage. 3.Close the washer door and dispenser drawer. 4.Select the Clean Washer cycle or a full wash cotton 104 F wash (40 C). DO NOT use any higher temperature as this will cause unnecessary fumes 5.Press Start and allow cycle to complete. 6.After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow ventilation and drying of the washer interior. 7.Repeat the cleaning procedure monthly
Water is staying in the drum because it does not have the ability to pump put all the water. The only fix to this is after every cycle, take the little drain hose located near the bottom of the unit where you have to remove the cover, and take out the plug and drain into a small trash can. You will get about 4 cups water out of the machine. If this water is left overnight, it starts to mildew and will be washed over your next load. It's a design flaw, but this is the only solution. And one other suggestion, after you are finished washing clothes for the day and after you've drained out the remaining water, leave the door open overnight for the moisture in the unit to dry out.
Try using the tub clean cycle and use a good dose of bleach or vinegear. Here is how to run the tub clean cycle.
• To start the TUB CLEAN cycle:
1. Remove any clothing or items from the washer and close the door.
2. Open the dispenser drawer and add liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment.
NOTE: Do not add any detergent to the detergent compartments. Excessive suds may be produced and leak
from the washer.
3. Close the dispenser drawer slowly.
4. Power On and then press the Extra Rinse button for 3 seconds. (Prewash option will be selected.)
5. Press the Start/Pause button to start.
6. After the cycle is complete, leave the door open to dry around the washer door opening, door seal and
I had the same problem. Have you cleaned the filter under the front panel? Simply remove the three screws holding the panel below the door and remove the 2" white screwcap. Be sure to have a basin handy to catch the water. (possibly a couple of gallons if the stainer is really clogged) I suspect you'll find several moldy items that are causing the odor. Good luck.