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Our dishwasher developed a musty smell. The smell

Our dishwasher developed a musty smell. The smell lingers on the plastics. I ran it with a cup of vinegar and it seemed to help but there is still a faint smell. I'm running it with bleach right now. Should I let it air dry overnight or let it run through the dryer? Any other suggestions?

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I would use bleach and then rinse and then air dry.

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My washer smells musty


The simple solution would be to fill it like you would to do laundry. Then add a few cups of bleach and run it through it's cycle.

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Dishwasher has a bad smell in it. I did find a teabag on the bottom of it and removed it. But even after many washings the smell is still there. The dishes are being cleaned. Any suggestions?


Use vinegar in it over night You will need enough so that you can acutally see it cover the gasket material in the bottom of the tub. After that... start cycle and drain out vinegar. Start a cycle like you were going to do a regular wash. Open the machine when your sure there is water in the bottom of the machine. Add 1/4 cup bleach and 1/4 cup powdered dishwashing soap directly into the water let it wash normally. If you still have the nasty smell after this... the next thing to do is to purchase a mold and mildew remover / cleaner like "Mr Muscle" and spray it all over EVERYTHING on the inside of the machine until the bottle is half gone. Let this sit for 15 minutes... then start a normal wash but do NOT add soap or rinse conditioner. Unit is now ready for regular washing. You may get spotted glasses on the first wash.... but it should not repeat.

This should get rid of the musty odor.

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Jul 04, 2011 | Whirlpool Dishwashers

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If i leave the dishes in over night they smell the next day and I have to wash them again.


This could be a fairly serious issue and one you need to address. If the dishes smell musty and slightly pungent when left in overnight, this would indicate tat you may have a molding or mildew issue to deal with. This is created then during the final rinse cycle the remaining water in the lower trap unit is not completely flushed and may be holding some sentiment from a previous wash cycle. The item, probably a meat or bread item is stuck and due to the moisture it is retaining in the trap is now molding and this can lead to potential mold spreading throughout the core of the washer. Nothing to freak out about, but you should have the drain cleaned and make sure no sentiment is lingering in the trap. Let me know if this was helpful or if you require a further assistance.

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There is a musty smell in the maytag washer even b4 I fill it with water, I've disconneted the hoses & flushed with bleach that did not take care of it,Iv'e run washes without clothes in it...


When a moldy or musty smell develops in a washing machine, many times the smell is coming from the open areas of the agitator. Water along with soap and/or liquid softener sometimes splashes into an open agitator, and when the lid is closed it does not dry out. Instead, mold begins to form, and a musty smell wafts from inside the machine, even after the lid has been opened for an extended period of time. Until the mold is removed the washing machine will continue to smell bad, even if it is used and allowed to air dry with the lid open.The tub can also be the source of the smell. Lint can gather and collect in the holes, and when it does not dry fast enough it ends up smelling musty and moldy. Even the top of the rim can become moldy and musty, but proper cleaning can get rid of the odor.

So that said.To clean the machine,fill to just above the top row of holes in the tub.Add 2 cups of bleach.Let sit for 1-2 hours.Then let the machine run it`s wash cycle.Lastly use bleach water and a rag to wipe the machine down inside and out.If the agitator has a cup on top remove and clean with bleach.Leave the top open so the machine can dry.

Now it should smell better,if so use as normal,and leave the lid open when not in use.

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Its a stale, manky smell on all the clothes when they come out.


Hi, You did not mention front or top loading machine so I am going to assume you have a front loading machine.

Do this to clean your machine. Run a hot wash with 1/4 cup NON-bleach "powdered dishwashing soap" (Dawn or Cascade) and 1 cup of bleach. Then run a rinse with 2 cups vinegar and finally a regular wash with cleaning rags and HE type laundry soap. You may hae to do the dishwashing powder and 1 cup bleach wash 2 times to clear a bad case of mildew build up. You will not find this in any manufacturers user's manual but it will rid your machine of the nasty / musty smells.
If you are using regular laundry soap this problem will repeat often. If your using HE laundry soap you should do the above procedure about every 90 days.
We would appreciate hearing any success or failures related to your post by a future response from you as to how the solution above worked out.

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What causes the pungent odor in dishwasher? It seems that the all the water are not being dried


Hi, this is a very common problem and can be sorted out easily, rather than explain it here i include some weblinks that explain it all in detail. plus my favorite below.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2330730_remove-odor-from-dishwasher-.html

http://www.mrscleanusa.com/en/cleaning-tips/kitchen/clean-dishwasher.html


Here is one that takes the smells, hard water stains etc out of your dishwasher and plastic and glass ware. Fill up dishwasher, with plastic glasses, glass ware, dishware. No metal, of any kind! anything you want sparkly and clean.

No detergent! Fill up a small bowl at the Bottom of the dishwasher with vinegar, 1 cup of white. Run the cycle, do not dry. Fill up with 1 cup of bleach, run again. This takes care of all hard water stains, germs that are causing smell etc. Also check for food at the bottom of the dishwasher.
The site below explains WHY you get those smells.
http://www.doityourself.com/stry/what-causes-dishwasher-odor

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My 6 year old Kenmore Elite DW has started leaking and has a musty smell. The dishes are clean but food residue is left on the inside door and black gunk builds up on the bottom of the dishwasher.


Use a wet/dry shop vac to clean out the strainer and drain from the inside of your machine. A musty smell is a sure sign that food particles have clogged your drain BUT can also mean that your wash/spray heads have become clogged as well. Use a pipe cleaner on the spray heads and run water over the jets to make particles flow to the big hole in the center of your wash heads, then reassemble. Don't forget to put those little plastic looking rings back exactly the way you found them or your wash heads wont turn properly. They are usually made of teflon to lubricate the spray heads.

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Musty smell


This problem is caused because the water does not get totally pumped out of the outer tub and sits in the bottom of the tub and in the front seals. Eventually a mildew type scum develops and causes the washer to stink and also impart the odor to clothes. Even though front loaders do use less water and energy, all of them have essentially the same design and therefore all will eventually develop this problem.
Run a load with just bleach (about 1 cup) and white vinegar (about 1 1/2 cups) poured directly into the washer with hot water and it seemed to help, but this does need to be repeated about once a month or so...

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Typically the cause is the machine itself, but occasionally the water being used in the washer can be the source of the problem. If the smell resembles rotten eggs, you may need a water filtration system installed. After you eliminate any other possibilities, you can begin the treatment process. Create a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. 3Begin a wash cycle using the machine’s hottest setting. As the water rises, add the baking soda and vinegar mixture. Let the washing machine complete a full cycle. If you notice any residue that has been loosened, use a cloth to wipe the surface clean. Run a cold water cycle to complete the process. You should immediately notice that the smell has been neutralized.

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