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Mildew/Stagnant water smell in washer

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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  • Anonymous May 18, 2008

    black mold spots on door gasket. have tried cleaning with clorox/water solution and vinegar/water solution. nothing removes this. I even asked the service guy about it, and he was dumb as dirt. I'm thinking it's because I use non-chlorine bleach more than clorine bleach now, though at times I do use chlorine bleach.. Still would like to remove the stains.

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    I had the same problem as azjazz, except we just got our machine, used and have never used a front load washer before and I don't have the mildew smell persee.  So I was a little surprised to go down today and open the door and find like 2 1/2 inches of water sitting in the machine.  It was all out last night when we ran our first load and took the clothes out and put in the dryer.  I've checked the manual and it says nothing about standing water appearing "out of nowhere" the following morning.  Ours is an older Maytag, maybe 2-3 yrs old.  Was sitting in someones basement for about 1 1/2 years, not being used, so we are assuming there may be a little dirt or rust in the valves...I have run a load this morning and am going down now to check to see if there is water in there already.  OK...no water in drum, but it's only been 2 hrs since the last load.  I'll check back periodically to see if anyone is going to have an answer.  Many thanks for any input.


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You know, this does happen.

run it on a full cycle, warm, with either of these in solution.

baking soda, at 1/10 concentration

non chlorine bleach, at 1/6 concentration

you most likely need to do this more than once, until your nose is happy.

Also, consider doing this at least once every 200 wash cycles.

essential oils have same effect, and do a nice anti microbial as well.

we did this in commercial laundries all the time, as part of standard health code compliance issues.

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