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Will you please replace my he3 washer? It smells,it molds,and stains my clothes.I am very disappointed in this machine.Maybe you could send someone out to my house so I can do their laundry and their clothes can smell like mine!

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If you haven't tried AFFRESH it works the best on this washer and after a few loads with Affresh in it it should smell fine but you will have to use a cleaner for now on

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How do we clean with this machine .


Is this a front-load washer or top load?

Is the machine operating properly, or are your clothes getting a musty smell?

The musty smell has a few solutions, One may work but probably a combination of all will work best.


Immediately move wet clothes to the dryer, do not let them sit in the washer for a long time.
If your clothes smell, put mouthwash with your clothes directly in the tub during the wash cycle (this will not stain your clothes)
leave the door open when not in use (lets it dry out)
If the washer smells, use bleach and hot water in an empty cycle once in a while (kills just about every kind of bacteria or mold which may be causing the smell)
Use washing machine cleaner once in a while(can be found at your local grocery store isle next to detergent)
Dry your clothes completely, damp clothes can start to smell again.

If you are looking for a new washer, try to find a newer model that features a stainless steel tub with silver impregnation. The silver is a natural disinfectant.

Mar 15, 2012 | Washing Machines

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My machine has a funny smell and mould seems to be collecting round the drum behind the rubber seal. What is the cure?


Bleach kills is a very effective mold spore killer. For killing mold you need a strong solution.

  1. The ratio is 1cup of bleach for every 10cups water. If you don't mix it like this it will not be as effective.
  2. You will run your washer on a max load with hot water (no clothes in the washer for this) and let it fully cycle through.
  3. This is gonna be real fumey so make sure you are ventilating things real good. Maybe do this during the day when the windows can be opened wide open.
  4. Bleach also stains so wear clothes that can be ruined.
  5. Wear eye ware and protective gloves.
  6. After the washer cycles all the way through run it though a rinse cycle to make sure all the bleach and mold has been removed.
  7. This will kill that mold dead.

Regards, Tony

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Wet clothes after spin cycle and bad mildew smell. I have seen many complaints about mildew smell with He3 & He4 well really frnt loaders in general. The bad mold is so gross and the smell is horrible.


Clean tub boot the best you can with bleach. Then run an empty load with sunlight automatic dish soap (verry little). Then this should clean and freshin the washer up. The best thing to do is not to shut the door on washer when not in use.

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Your washer smells moldy because there is mold growing in it somewhere. To kill the mold and clean the inside of your washer do a hot water wash using no clothes but adding two cups of bleach to the machine. It will also smell better then.

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Just send me your $19.95 and I'll share my secret with you!!!

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The washer is leaving a dark stain on all of my white clothes


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Mold & Smelly in Washer


Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLC, is currently investigating defects and other problems in certain front-loading washing machines manufactured and/or sold by Whirlpool, Kenmore, and LG Electronics, including Kenmore Elite HE3 front load washers, Whirlpool Duet front load washers and LG Tromm, LG XL and other LG model front load washers, which result in the growth of mold/mildew in the machines and which can cause the staining of clothes and other problems.

On August 29, 2007, SFMS filed a Complaint against Sears Holding Corp. involving its Kenmore HE, HE2, HE3, HE4, HE5 and other front-loading automatic washers. If you own a front-loading washing machine that is manufactured by any of the above-mentioned companies and are experiencing the growth of mold/mildew in the machine, visit the following website: www.frontloadwasherclassaction.com

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Clean all of the lint from the inside cabinet and duct work of your dryer. Then, try to clear the odor, by running a couple of loads of old rags or towels. Good luck!

Aug 14, 2007 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3 Front Load Washer

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My Kenmore Elite He3 sounds like it has water in the tub after washing AND smells of MOLD?


there is always some water left inside the machine and that is probably what you are hearing are you using liquid detergent? if so this is almost certainly the cause of the smell. liquid detergent leaves a nasty slime inside thge machine and smells like drains. put on a boil wash with no clothes and revert to using powder detergent

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