So, my washer has been smelling like wet clothes that have been sitting in there for a while. Since there haven't been any wet clothes in there, we been trying everything we can think of: running an extra spin cycle while it's empty to make sure there's no standing water, leaving the door open over night to let it "dry/air out", checking for a possible small clothing item that could be stuck somewhere. So far, nothing has worked. Then, I ran a load last night and moved it immediately to the dryer. When I went to wash clothes today, there was a pretty substantial amount of water sitting in the drum, which was not there when I took out the laundry last night. What is up with our washer??
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The odor may come from several sources. Mildew may be around the door's gasket. That might be cleaned with a rag and a half bleach/half water concoction. The soap dispenser tray may have had stagnant water present. Other hose areas may be growing mildew.
Here are some things you can try:
1) Run dishwasher powder detergent once a month through the washer. Or...
2) Run 3 quarters cup of bleach through an empty hot wash cycle once a month.
3) Yes, baking soda, ye olde oder absorber, can also be tried.
3) Clean the trap (where coins, etc. may be captured). Clean the filter.
Some High Efficiency machines have "high efficiency, HE detergents recommended for them. Does the drum have a soapy coating? If so, it will likely require at least an empty hot water cycle to get rid of the excess soap which may be responsible for the smell.
Naturally, if you are using bleach to clean the the washer door, you want to clean the bleach off too before you ruin some clothes by contact.
machine most likely has something caught in either the pump or one of the lines and you should clean out the pump with the smell s it a mold type smell or like a wet clothes type smell or a stagnant water smell that your smelling for the smell after you clean out the pump the drain line and the hoses at home depot they sell a product for washermachines that takes the smell out it is called AFFRESH this is one of the best products to use in washer machine they also make a type for dishwashers as well if you have anyfurther questions please message me back and please remember to rank how this opinion has helped in your appliance situation Thanks again
p.s your pump could also be bad from debris sitting in the line
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.
Vinegar will fix this! Try pouring a quart of white vinegar into the washer, then run a cycle with no clothing in the washer. When the rinse cycle begins, stop the washer. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then complete the cycle. That should do it! Afterwards, be sure to leave the door open to air dry it.
You are not alone with this problem. Seems that that everyone of the front loader washers exhibit similar characteristics .. the short story is that in order for a washing machine to be a front loader, they need to be water tight .. being water tight, they are also air tight and herein lies the problem.. any water left over from a wash cycle will sit in gaskets , nooks and crannies and eventually develop mold or mildew.. here is a link to product you may find that solves your problem http://www.smellywasher.com/
or.. you can use the AFRESH tablets sold in Home Depot and other home improvement stores.. in either case.. these products will help rid that musty mold out of your washer..
Front load washers are so tight ( to seal in water ) that they tend to leave water in door gaskets and other places.. This water gets stagnant and can build up mildew etc..Home depot and other home goods stores sells a product called AFRESH and you use it about once a month ( with no clothes in washer).. It does help a bit..
Other techniques you can try would be to wipe down the gasket around the door opening after a wash is complete and to leave the door open between washes to let it air dry.. You should be using HE type laundry detergent and very little of it ( sveral drops is enough per load)..
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
Open the door and let it air dry between washes doesnt have to be wide open but not latched either also run a hot wash with no clothes and 1.5 cups of bleach (pour bleach in the tub after it fills not in the bleach disp)
washers and dryers dont make smells themselves its a problem with something u might be putting in it. if u tend to add alot more detergent then usual to your towels then they never completely rinse the water out and will have a mildew smell