This is usually caused by mostly using low temperature washes. The detergent manufacurers don't tell you, but low temperatures don't kill the bacteria present on most clothes, so they breed and and multiply in nice warm moist washing mashines. The cure is to do a "maintenance wash" every so often, which is the hottest wash the machine can do, and this will kill the bacteria. Also adding washing soda to this wash will help to freshen it up.
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Your local home depot sells a product called AFFRESH. This product is supposed to be used on all front load washing machines and can also be used on top load washers as well. They make two types of this product one is for washing machines and the other is for dishwashers. You basicly add one of the tablets to your machine on the hotest setting and run the machine without any clothes inside the unit. It takes away the smells such as stagnant water smells and can also remove mold smells as well inside of a washing machine. Sometimes I find for stronger odors it is best to use two tablets instead of one and run both cycles one after the other. Also how high is your drain line in the unit set at. The drain should be about 6 inches above the highest point of the machine for best results on the machine emptying the water out of the unit. If you have any further questions message me back and please also remember when our chat has fully concluded to rank how this opinion has helped in your appliance situation it allows me to continue helping others in similar situations in the future. Thanks
The smell usually comes
when the washer is unable to drain water completely, you can run your washer at
its hottest temperature setting with 1 cup of vinegar inside the unit. After
this take off the bottom front panel and clean it completely, also clean the
drain hose and drain pump filter, the smell should disappear after doing all
this. Hope this helps...please post back for further assistance.
YOU NEED TO RUN A (CLEAN CYCLE) ON THE WASHER.THIS CAN BE DONE WITH A 1/2 CUP OF AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER SOAP AND HOT WASH CYCLE. YOU SHOULD BE ONLY USE 2 TABLESPOONS OF H.E. SOAP IF THE WASHER TO PREVENT THIS
Most commonly, this relates to sulfides or other impurities in the water itself, but may also be caused by a buildup of food soil within the washer. Smell a clean glass of water. Does it smell stale also? If no, clean the screens and wash water sump/tank within the machine.
You can also clean the inside of the machine by using a commercial grade dish machine detergent and increasing water temp if possible.
If the water smells stale, consult a local water expert for guidance in resolving
If the washing machine itself smells bad when you open the door, it could be that it's covered in a horrible grease and gunge inside all the hoses and the tub. This particularly affects older washing machines and is common with washing machines that have only really been used at 40° or where only liquid detergent has been used.
Not using enough soap detergent over a long period of time can cause a build up of grease and therefore bad smells.
Get rid of washing machine smells
You could try to clean the washing machine inside using Soda crystals which dissolve grease. I recommend putting half a packet inside the drum and washing on a boil wash (or follow instructions on the packet) Using this method every month or so, or using ordinary detergent if no soda crystals are available can help prevent smells from your washing machine. If your washing machine is badly affected by grease and slime, it may be very difficult to remove it.
Get rid of washing machine odours using vinegar White distilled vinegar has an array of uses. For bad washing machine smells, try putting half a cup of white vinegar inside an empty machine and put it on a boil wash. Because the first bit of water goes into the sump hose and is sealed off, I recommend that you wait until the washing machine has been filling for about 30 seconds and then pour the vinegar into the soap drawer to let it wash down into the machine. I've had reports back from people that this does actually work.