Clothes and towels don't smell fresh after washing
Some of our clothes and towels has a funky odor, does not smell fresh after washing, how can we get rid of the smell? Does the washer need cleaning with maybe baking soda or vinegar or such? We have a Kenmore front-load machine.
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you have too much body fat built up in the hoses and main barrel what you need to do is run it with pure hot water and put a dish washer cleaner fluid in the wash this will destroy all residue that has built up in your washer that is rotting as it sits.
Towel mildew odor is transferred from the washer to towels and clothes. The washer must be cleaned first. After cleaning the washer and towels washing habits must change to stop mold smell from returning.
Washing machine mold / mildew is caused by:
#1 cause is overuse of detergents. Detergent companies are notorious for instructing to use too much detergent. Especially with soft water or when using liquid detergent no more than 1 tbsp of any detergent should be used.
#2 most common cause is using fabric softener because it's dispensed in the rinse cycle and will coat the inside of the outer tub with residue that is a food source for mold to grow.
#3 using only cold water for washing is fine but makes preventative maintenance very important. A weekly hot soak will dissolve odor-causing residue from inside your washer.
#4 not using the washer. If the clothes washer isn't used very often maintenance is especially important. If leaving for a vacation it's a good idea to clean your washer. Do a search to "remove washer odor" to read just how big the problem is. There are all natural washer cleaners that will also remove mildew odor from towels and clothing after the washer has been cleaned.
If you open the door of your Neptune, you'll notice a small trough between the door gaskets (inner and outer) There is a drain at the bottom that can get blocked by lint and other funky stuff.
Next time you do a load of towels, take a small dirty towel and wipe that area of your machine out real well.
Secondly load a slightly smaller load in your machine. Be sure to use a HE compatible soap...less foaming- it does make a difference..
Also the swishy slushy sound is normal and there is liquid in the drum for balancing...it's normal..
I think with a clear door drain, a bit smaller load .you'll find it won't be smelly..
I've got one of these and the only time it gets ordoriforous is when I've jammed it to max capacity.
Let me know if all this helps you out.
Affresh™ Washer Cleaning Kit
Affresh™ Washer Cleaning Kit contains 3 Power Puck tablets and 6 Grit
Grabber cloths. The tablets remove and prevents odor-causing residue
that can occur in all brands of HE washers. Affresh™ cleaner is a
formulated, slow-dissolve, foaming tablet that gets under residue,
breaks it up, and washes it away leaving the washer smelling fresh and
clean. Simply place one tablet in the wash basket (without clothes) and
run a Normal Cycle (hot option) or Clean Washer Cycle. The Grit
Grabber™ premoistened cloths have been formulated to penetrate,
dissolve and remove odor-causing residue from the rubber door seal. Now
consumers can clean where they can't reach with the Power Puck™ tablets
and where they can with the Grit Grabber™ cloth. Affresh™ brand is
environmentally friendly, safe on septic tanks, and safe for all washer
components. Package includes three tablets.
The brand of your front loader is not that material on this issue. What is happening is that your old top load washer may have used as much as 45 gallons of water per cycle, while some front loaders use as little as 12. Because of the low water use, you must cut back on the additives you are using. Use only 1 tablespoon of HE detergent (even less if 2x or 3x detergent) per load. If you use fabric softener, use only 1 teaspoon per load. Odor on clothes after wash is indicating that the detergent and or softener has not been fully rinsed out. If you throw a load of washed towels into your machine and start a cycle without any soap, then stop the cycle, you should not see any suds. If you do, there is obviously soap left in the clothes. With bath towels, the towels are used to absorb clean water off a clean body. They do not need soap when you wash them, and never use fabric softener on towels.
If your washer is a LG WM-1832 it has a assessable filter behind the access door on the lower left front of the machine. Clean that out first, and if it has a tub clean or sanitary cycle use that cycle (if not, use hottest longest cycle available) with 3 Affresh tablets or use whirlaway to clean out the washer outer tub (the not visible tub that holds the water). You might want to use another cycle like that with bleach to head off mold or mildew growth. Use of proper amount of detergent and fabric softener should really help the clothes odor issue from then on. Also check the tub seal at the bottom of the door area to clean out any lint from drain hole areas to help prevent water from remaining in the tub seal area.
I've been selling the only available all natural washing machine and towel mold and mildew remover online at smellywasher.com since 2006.
It's now also available at Ace, Tru Value, Hardware Hank and Do It Best hardware stores. One bottle provides 24 treatments and guarantees to remove mold, mildew, or any odor from your washer. After the washer is cleaned it also safely and easily gets rid of the mildew smell from any towel or clothing that the odor has transferred to.
The dark, moist environment of your clothes washer is the perfect place for mold and bacteria to grow. See: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5408971n
We can't change that environment but we can stop the food source for them to grow buy reducing the amount of detergent used and stopping fabric softener use. Go to the blog page at smellywasher.com to read advice on the cause of and cure for washing machine and towel odor.