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Hi We Have a ge front load washer and dryer and it seems that our clothes smell musty at times. I've tried leaving the door open on the washer when not in use. Could there be another prooblem??

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Front load washing machines develop a musty smell over time for several different reasons. Mostly due to using to much soap or the wrong type of soap. Since FL washers use much less water than traditional top loaders, regular soap with all the fillers and high sudzing agent within can not be rinsed out of your cloths or washer. The smell is caused by bacteria feeding off the soap scum residue left behind. Be sure you are using a HE detergent as is recommended by the manufacture.
Run and empty load with 1 cup of bleach placed in your soap dispensor and hot water to clean your washer. If the problem persists try "Washer Fresh" a cleaning agent specially made to take care of this problem.
After smell is gone repeat once a month to prevent reoccurace of problem

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Try using vinegar, baking soda, or bleach in an empty load to counteract any residues left in onboard water. Also check for debris stuck in door baffle(rubber sleeve between door and tub).

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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.

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