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Moldy smell in clothes, especially towels


need to clean the bellow ( rubber around door). theres a tablet you can buy called "Affresh". It will help to remove the moldy smell. just throw it in washer and run through a regular wash cycle. no clothes, just the tablet. If there is a clean cycle on the machine then use that cycle. Whenever you're finished washing, you should leave the door open for about 20-30 minutes so unit can air out. Also you should wipe around the glass and bellow after each use.

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After completing a load of clothing, the laundry sometimes has a moldy smell. If it doesn't smell right away, it smells after wearing the clothing and sweat a bit. This is not a body smell - this is a...


It sounds like your leaving the clothes in the washer long after the cycle is finished. Once your clothes smell from the washer they will smell moldy dry.

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What does de mean on the display of the washing machine? Yesterday I ran a tub clean because my clothes have been smelling moldy. I have cleaned the rubber seal & leave the door open. Please help??


de means your door isn't closed completely.

The moldy smell is really common with this machine, and maybe all of them, but I have the LG TROMM and was ready to throw away all of my towels. Here's a solution I found that helped alot. First, Clorox makes a solution just for front-end loading machines. You run it through on a cycle with no clothes, that helps to clean it out.

I ran my towels through on the cotton/towel cycle on HOT, with nothing more than white vinegar filling the detergent dispenser. After that, I then ran them through again with just a bit of soap and fabric softener. They came out soft and smelling like new.

I read recently that we all use WAY too much soap in both our washers and dishwashers, even though that's what's recommended in the directions. Excess soap in clothes that doesn't get rinsed out will begin to smell moldy. So I now use about 1/4 of what the directions call for, and they come out fine. I have found, however, that I need to repeat the vinegar cycle once every few months. I think the problem is inherent in that model machine.

And that rubber seal? Disgusting! I clean it out regularly, but when it's full of water after every load of clothes, what do they think is going to happen??? You'll find that Clorox cycle will clean the seal pretty well, though. Good luck!

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Clothes, especialy towels smell moldy no matter


Same problem here, heavy lime in the water, we had to change to Purex powder with Renezit. Problem is gone!

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Smell after drying


Try drying your clothes without the dryer sheet and see if the smell is still there. If it is not, then the problem is the dryer sheet.
If it is, then you need to describe the smell better. Different people handle smells differently. What smells musty to you may smell fragrant to others.
You need to determine if the smell you don't like is really a musty smell, or is it a fragrance you don't like. Have some friends (not family members) smell the clothes and verify if what you are smelling is musty or fragrant.

It could also be that even though the clothes smell OK out of the washer, that the detergent you are using is the cause.

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Moldy smelling clothes


First, clean your washer with one of the front load washer cleaners on the market. (Affresh, washer magic, smellywasher cleaner, whirlaway hot tub cleaner, or Tide front load washer cleaner) Use the longest, hottest cycle your washer has, with no clothes.
Second, rewash the smelly clothes with the heavy wash cycle and a second rinse option, using no soap or fabric softener. This will remove the soap and/or fabric softener build up in the clothes which is causing the smell. Third, begin using one to no more than two tablespoons of HE soap per load, and not more than 1 teaspoon full of fabric softener if you use it. This is because top load washers used up to 45 gallons of water per load, and your front load machine is only using about 12 gallons total. If you are washing a load of bath towels (which were only used to dry off your clean body, not wipe up the floor or something like that) they are not really dirty,...... for washing "clean" towels, don't use any soap, and of course never use fabric softener on towels.

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Lg washer smells like rotten egg.


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The machine smells moldy...


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Mold & Smelly in Washer



Thanks for your suggestion about looking in the lip of the seal. I found one of my three year old granddaughters socks. Also, the seal for very dirty so I mixed a 50% solution and 50% solution of chlorox and used an old towel rag to wipe and wash throughly around the lip seal.

I noted that the aluminum ring inside the washer had also accumulated a lot of dirt. With one hand and fingers I held the wet cholorx towel inside the ring and with the other hand spun the tub around several turns until I had removed all the dirt and grime.

It did have a moldy smell. I'll let you know if this fixed the problem.

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Disgusting odor


I had the same problem, except it wasn't just towels. It was everything. I did some research and found that this is a common problem and nothing a tech can fix. I was about to go out this weekend and spend $1000 on a new washer because I couldn't use this washer on my clothes anymore. I did one more search for a solution and THANK GOODNESS found a solution on another site. A woman had the same problem and, after much trouble, someone at Best Buy finally told her to never use liquid detergent in the machine, not even HE. So I cleaned the inside of my machine, around the door, the rubber seal, etc. I ran the tub clean cycle with bleach and vinegar. The smell was gone and I have been using powder Tide ever since, and the smell hasn't come back!!!!!

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