The machine smells of =mildew and now so do my clothes. i tried running the machine on all different water temps. , tried with bleach, tried bleaching machine with no clothes. to no prevail the machine and towels still smell like mildew. Especially when the "clean" dried towels get rewet, the odor is disgusting.
Kenmore Elite HE3t front loader. Yep, same problem, tried same solutions. Has mildewy awful smell all the time. Have tried running bleach through it. Have tried cleaning by hand the interior and moldings with vinegar. Ditto with bleach. Have pulled back moldings to clean. I sure never had this problem with my old top-loader! Will try the other suggestion regarding drain. You know, for the price paid I wouldn't expect this kind of problem.
We've always left the door open and still the smell was bad. Last week I cleaned the inside of the rubber gasket with a bleach solution and ran the longest, hottest cycle (Sanitary) with bleach in the dispenser. The smell was mostly gone, only a faint trace was in the air. Today the smell was back and I removed the front cover to check the filter. Lo and behold, one very moldy sock was stuck in there. After removing the sock I'm now airing out the machine. Hopefully this will put an end to the musty smells. If not, I will try that Smelly Washer stuff.
On another note, after opening the front I noticed that one of the wires to the heating element was loose. I guess the factory people had not pushed it on correctly and as a result the plastic insulation had melted causing the connector to drop off the heating element. But it's back on right now (correctly this time) and hopefully it will improve operations.
They said on the news story that the towels pick up the odor because they are denser than other items and absorb it better. (I guess that makes sense.)
I just got my two bottles of Smelly Washer in the mail yesterday and immediately went to work. I ran a capful of it through my empty washer (with the water set at its hottest setting). There is a more in-depth process you can use if you washer is REALLY bad; it's on their web site blog (www.smellywasher.com).
I then re-washed some of my towels with about a teaspoonful of the product instead of detergent. I dried them as usual, crossed my fingers, and waited for showertime this morning...
This morning, my towel smelled great when I used it to dry off! That musty smell was gone. Now I just to use it to rewash the rest of our towels.
I have NO idea what's in this product--there must be other antifungal washing machine cleaning products out there--but this one seems to work. It's $16 a bottle, plus shipping--but you only use a small amount each time.
I'm guessing that if you leave your washer door open so that the mold doesn't build back up quickly, you use this stuff just once in a while to clean out any buildup that may occur. I'm not clear on how often to use it. All I can say is that I'm happy with it for now!
Hi! I have Kenmore Elite 4t and had this same problem: Musty, Moldy smell in washer and on clothes. The Sears Technician suggested that I use a half a cup of Clorox Liquid Bleach and put it in the tub (not the dispenser). NO CLOTHES! Use the longest hottest setting and when it's done clean the inside (underneath rubber tire thingie) and the undernath part of the door with a papertowel. And to always leave the door open. I did what he said with the bleach and it worked. I didn't want to leave the door open because I have 2 cats & was afraid that they would want to go in it, but ended up repeating the bleach thing again because a few days later the horrible smell was back. I leave the door open all the time now and the cats never go in it. They've watched laundry spin around, so I guess they're smart enough to not want to go in it. I have not had this problem again since I always leave the door open and I did this over a month ago. I hope this helps!
I had the same problem with my front loader, especially with stinky, musty smelling towels. Go to web-site www.smellywasher.com for a product called purewasher. Less than $20 and that also includes shipping!! That should do it!!
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this smell is caused by mold and mildew that has formed on the upper part of the outer drum -- the main cause of this is the suds in the wash tend to rise above the normal water line and never get rinsed away properly. so to get rid of the smell --- run a empty load of hot water ( hot/hot ) and when the cycle starts - add to the water 1/2 cup of white vineger and 1/2 cup of bleach, also add ( using a small container ) some more hot water to the machine to bring the water level up to a higher then normal height,,, let the machine complete the full wash cycle. now if the smell is still kinda there -- repeat the whole cleaning thing one more time,,, this should remove all traces of mold and mildew that has built up and you should notice a huge difference. to keep this from happening again,, try not to use so much detergent in the wash and after you wash your clothes - leave the lid wedged open slightly to let air into the unit so moisture can escape,, this will prevent mold from growing because the machine will dry out fully.
now at least once a month do this cleaning with the vinegar and bleach and you will never have this problem again.
Balance your washing machine. Standing water
breeds mildew and mold. A washing machine that isn't level to the
ground stands a higher chance of not draining completely. Take a level
and place it on the top of the machine along the front from side to
side and then again along the side from front to back. If the machine
is very off, you can adjust the feet to compensate or add something
under one of the feet if it is not flat against the ground. Portable
washing machines are especially prone to have standing water because
they are moved around and not leveled each time.
Promptly remove your clothes at the end of a wash cycle. If you regularly leave the damp clothes in the washing machine
for an extended period at the end of the cycle, you will have mildew in
your clothes and your machine. The same is true if you put clean
clothes in the dryer and they are not completely dry when the cycle
ends and you don't go back for a few days to pull them out. Damp
clothes in an enclosed space for days will mildew.
Leave your washing machine door open in between uses which gives the machine the opportunity to fully dry out.
white distilled vinegar in an empty machine. Run a load with only hot
water and two cups of vinegar to clean out the machine and freshen the
scent. Vinegar naturally eliminates odors and reduces the buildup of
soap residue in the washer which contributes to mildew development. You
can also add baking soda and/or bleach to the load for both their
sanitizing properties as well as assisting in ridding the smell of
use vinegar when you wash your clothes. Add 1 cup of white distilled
vinegar to the last rinse cycle. Vinegar has acidic properties but it
is mild enough that it will not harm your fabric. It does dissolve
alkalines in laundry detergent which makes for cleaner and softer
clothes. The reduction of detergent buildup in your machine will help
to also reduce the incidence of mildew.
you have a front load washer, they are particularly prone to mildew and
mold. Follow the manufacturers suggestion as to how much and what type
of detergent should be used. It is generally less than the traditional
top load washing machines. Once again, additional soap residue helps to
breed mold and mildew. Also, pull the seals back from around the door
and make sure there isn't a build up underneath them that needs to be
if you have done all of the above and nothing seems to work there are
commercial products available that are recommended.
Run a load of wash water with chlorine bleach ***Without adding clothes***. This will kill any spores in the system. Try to remove laundry as soon as it is finished and don't let it sit in the washer overnight. If possible, keep the door open when not in use.
usually from soaking clothes after a while the foam from soap sticks to the plastic drum where the bubbles are. its usaully above water level so doesn't get rinsed very well. manually get in there and wipe it out or try overfilling a tad with hot water and try to break it loose also make sure your lint trap is clean.
Run a cycle with or without clothes using a 1/4 cup of beach diluted with 3/4 cup of water...max out the auto bleach dispenser with this solution. After using, leave the door open to allow the water within to evaporate. We had the same problem and this was the fix.
yes it could . If you are trying to pump the water 7 feet or more above the floor then it will at the end of the cycle get air into the drain hose causing cavatation, the result when the machines stops is the water running back down the drain hose back into the tub and that is what causes the musty smell.
Lower the drain if possible
If the odor does not go away, it is probably time to change the rubber door boot, or you have something stuck in the drain. Take a good look at the rubber around the door. If it has mildew spots and/or mold, it generally won't go away. Pull the rubber back a bit and look BEHIND the boot as well. You may have some lost items stuck in the boot causing the odor. Last of all, UNPLUG the washer and remove the lower kick panel under the door by removing the three 7mm screws and check the drain pump for foreign objects. There's only one pump inside the washer so it won't be too hard to find. It is usually white in color and has a screw off access cover. There is a bit of residual water that remains in the wash tub all the time. You will need to drain this first or you will have a mess to clean up. You can use some towels or use a shop vac. If you use towels, lay them down around the drain pump and remove the access cover. If you use a shop vac, pull all the residual water from the wash tub through the drain line. Sometimes this pump will build up with all kinds of scunge from soap residue and/or foreign object getting caught. Clean it out real well and run the washer on a bleach cycle with the hottest water setting you have. Let me know if any of this helps you. If you decide to change to door boot, post a response to this solution and I will give you step-by-step procedures.