My washer is just about a year old. After the first few weeks, we began to nice a really bad moldy smell coming out of the washer. I dug around and found a bunch of socks that has gotten stuck in the lip of the seal. They stunk and were moldy so I pulled them all out (and threw them away). Then I ran the washer with bleach (emtpy) and sprayed the entire seal with X-14. The smell went away but it's back! We've tried more bleach cycles, more mold remover stuff and we leave the doo open...it still smells like mold! And, now there's mold growing (black spots) on the rubber seal. Help!
Same problem---moldy smell, especially in towels washed in the machine. My son has the same problem and lives in another town so I know it is not the water. The wash does not smell bad but when it gets wet (ie.when you dry after a shower, it smells moldy. I have used bleach washes and it still occurs
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Re: Mold & Smelly in Washer
First you have to run and empty hot cycle once a month if you want you can add bleach, white vinegar, or washer magic (you can get it at walmart) use only 2 -3 tablespoons of HE soap and let the washer door open for at least a couple hours when you are done washing for the day. this will allow air to circulate in the washer to help dry it out
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you need to wipe down that part of boot seal after every wash,tide has tablets that you stick in the washing machine and run it through and it removes the smell but it will come back if you don't wipe it down.also if you are using to much detergent that will make it stinky and eat the spider gear and if that happens it's new washer time,you hear a loud banging noise when it's in spin.call your local appliance store and ask them for the pack of tablets,it's like washer magic or something like that,good luck.let me know how you make out
I have this problem with my Siemens machine, it is due to mainly running low temp washes and bateria building up in the hoses etc. (more prevalent if the machine is connected directly to the sink and not on a stand pipe). I run a 90 degree cycle every 4 weeks with the machine empty except for two capfuls of baby sterilisng fluid (approx half a mug) I buy stores own as it is cheaper than miltons. The first time I did mine I ran the cycle twice to be sure it was cleared out. My machine is six years old and the first smelly signs were when it was about a year old, I run the maintenance wash religiously ever 4 weeks and run a machine descaler such as oust thru every 4-6 months. Hope this helps. Roni. (ps don't be tempted to use bleach as it foams up and can cause more problems!!)
forget the vinegar, theres a product www.affresh.com this will help. you also MUST USE HE( high efficency) DETERGENt. reccomneded amount is 2-3 tablespoons. regular detergent, and too much fabric softener is possibly adding to the moldy/musty smell..
It is is normal for the Neptune to have water left in the inner tub after the wash finishes! I used to have a Neptune and I sold them too!! I had them change that drain under warranty when it was new and it never stopped the smell or the mold! After the third repair I threw it in the trash and bought a Speed Queen Commercial grade washer and thats the last one I will ever by! 8 loads a week for 25 years!!!!!!!
**************************************************************** The moldy oder problem is in every Maytag Neptune made! The Neptune comes new with water in it from the test run! All
the water never gets totally discharged. This is one reason why
everyone complains about the moldy, musky or even stinky smell of the
Neptune! Every day I have people here asking what too do about the
moldy wet smell! THIS IS SERIOUS!!!!!
I do tell them to run the washer
once a week without clothes and with hot water and 1/4 cup of bleach.
And then make suer to do only white clothes directly after wards as not
to get a drop of beach water on a colored article of clothing! Then leave the door open after every load when not in use! That's Maytag!!!!!!!! GOOD THING WHIRLPOOL JUST BOUGHT THEM OUT LAST YEAR! Perhaps they will make some good changes!!
Hope this helps and makes you feel a little better as to some water sounds! HOW OLD IS THE WASHER??????
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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.
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.