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Smelly towels I just bought an LG front loader in February 2009. It was wonderful at first but after 2 months, I noticed my towels had a very bad odor after using to dry off. I am so discouraged that I wish I never bought this expensive machine. I used to have a Kenmore top loader and never had any problems. After 18 years of use, I had to buy a new machine and I thought a front loader was the way to go. Was I ever wrong! I searched on the internet for answers but there are sooo many suggestions that I am overwhelmed. Today, I tried using vinegar in the pre-wash, no detergent for the main wash and vinegar in the rinse cycle. I washed them in hot water, added an extra rinse + extra water option to ensure that any soap residue would be taken care of. They still had a faint sour odor after I took them out of the dryer ( I set my dryer on high with the antibacterial option). I was hoping this would take care of the problem but it didn't. Perhaps I need to be more patient and wash them this way several times before noticing a difference? I always make sure to wipe the inside of the drum, door seal, rubber seal and leave the door open to ensure that it dries thoroughly. I never noticed any mold or gunk when I wipe under the rubber seal and my machine itself does not have an odor. I only have this stench with my towels. All my other clothes are fine. I use liquid Tide and now am wondering if I should switch to an HE Powder detergent? If so, which is the best one? I live in Canada. Please help!

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First do this: Start a normal cycle with no clothes in the washer. After the washer agitates (tumbles) a few minutes, pause the washer and look immediately if there are any suds in the machine. There should be no suds what so ever. If you see any, that means there is a build up of soap residue in your washer. That would be caused by an excessive amount of soap usage. You did not say how much soap you have been using. For a large load, use 1 to 2 tablespoons of soap at most (even less if it is 2X or 3X concentrate) and not more than 1 teaspoon of fabric softener if you use it. This is due to the fact that your machine is only using about 12 gallons of water, vs about 45 for your old top load machine. Your towels have soap residue left in them. Wash with no soap for at least one time. If you are doing only bath towels, and towels are used only to dry off your clean body after your shower, they are not dirty, just damp. They do not really need soap to clean them. (and remember to never use fabric softener with towels)

You did not state your model number, but I believe you have a tub clean cycle on it. Run that cycle with no clothes and a front load washer cleaner in it, such as 3 tables of Affresh, or a full bottle of Washer Magic, or Tide front load washer cleaner, or Whirlaway hot tub cleaner, or Smelly Washer Cleaner (smellywasher.com).

I have also heard some people have had better luck with powdered soap, but I think that the amount of soap being used is really your problem

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