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Washing machine mold / mildew odor 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. After the washer has been cleaned your washing habits must change to eliminate what is causing the smell. Go to and fill out the "washing machine help" questionaire to get sent advice on what to change to remove the odor and to keep it away.

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OK, lets see what we can do to resolve this for you. Here is a link so you'll have a PDF manual for your item. Just copy and paste into your browser.

Because you have a front loader water tends to stand near the door. Check to see if you have any standing water anywhere. When water sits it begins to smell. Clean out the entire inside of the washer with a product like Washer Magic. Do this before your next load.

Do this before you try anything. Get yourself a 5gal bucket as you should be able to move this without hurting yourself or throwing your back out. Look at the lines in the back coming out of the turnoff valves and to your washer. Are they rusted, if not proceed further. Turn off the lines and disconnect from washer. Don't get them mixed up so just do one at a time. Make note which is hot and which is cold. Place line into bucket and turn on water.
Be careful when turning on the water as there will be pressure and you don't want to lose the line so make sure someone is holding it inside the bucket . Do this for both lines. Fill up the bucket several times each time looking at the color, smell, particles coming out of the line, anything that is not normal. Smell each bucket and see how many buckets it takes before the smell is gone. In some cases it may take up to 3 or 4. Now after you have done this with both lines connect back to washer. You the washer magic or use 1cup of bleach and 1cup of white vinegar and do a load with no clothes.
You should be able to notice a great difference after following these steps. With the steps above if you are still getting that smell with each bucket of water you fill you have a issue with your water coming into your house. Are you using a septic tank, well, leach field. Let me know how this works for you and if I can help you with anything else.

Posted on Oct 05, 2009


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SOURCE: sewer smell comes from the

you can flush the machine by running a full load with hot water and 1 cup of bleach should take away the smell

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SOURCE: sewer gas smell

IMPORTANT: Read thoroughly. DO NOT add detergent or other laundry products to this cycle.
1. Remove all items from the washer.
2. Open the dispenser drawer and 2/3 cup (160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. DO NOT use more than 2/3 cup (160mL) of bleach per cycle as this will lead to product damage.
3. Close the washer door and dispenser drawer.
4. Select the Clean Washer cycle or a full wash cotton 104 F wash (40 C). DO NOT use any higher temperature as this will cause unnecessary fumes
5. Press Start and allow cycle to complete.
6. If the bad odour persists, repeat the procedure 1 or 2 more times. This may be necessary if this is the first time you have run this cycle.
7. After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
8. Repeat the cleaning procedure monthly.
To maintain the washer freshness:
1. Use only HE High Efficiency detergent.
2. Leave the door open after each cycle to for better ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
3. Use warm / hot water in your machine unless the fabric you are washing requires cold.
4. Use the correct amount of fabric softener.
5. If your laundry room is damp, use a dehumidifier.
6. Clean the door seal of visible residue.

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SOURCE: Internal Smell

I had the same problem especially in the summer time when the heat and humidity are high. ( I live in the south) The solution I have come up with is to keep the space between the wide rubber piece and the hard plastic piece that encircle the opening cleaned. It can be a pain to do because I am always afraid I am going to damage the rubber piece. I use a 1 - 12 solution of clorox and water and a soft cloth and a soft toothbrush for the ridged places. I also leave the detergent dispenser tray open when I am not using the washer so it can dry out. This has really helped me.
There is also a product that I have seen that is made just for this purpose. I saw it at Home Depot one day. It is probably available in the detergent aisle at other stores too, I just have not looked for it. I refuse to buy a product that is made to correct a defect in design. My clorox and water treatment works just fine for me and is much less expensive.

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clean the washer with bleach and a small amount of detergent

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SOURCE: my washer has a sewer

smell is probably caused by mould growing in the machine. some possible fixes:
- dry the machine out between wash loads. wipe the door gasket and door, leave the door open, etc. - avoid using liquid fabric softener in the wash. it may or may not be a factor, but it's one less thing to worry about. - run baking soda or chlorine bleach (or any other fungicide, like tsp) through the machine on the hottest cycle available ("sanitize" if your model has it). if using bleach (or anything else that doesn't belong on your clothes), run an extra cycle to rinse out the bleach before putting clothes in. - clean the pump filter. there's a little nylon widget, near the bottom of the machine, that collects lint (and other debris, such as socks, coins, etc.) that needs periodic cleaning. the stuff caught in there can grow mould. no, your user manual doesn't mention it - why do you ask?

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