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Stale water smell

I have a Hotpoint Aquarius extra WMA40 washing macine.
3 years old and working fine, but we get a strong stale water smell, usually when that machine is filling for a wash.
I cannot find an exterior filter as I had on previous machines. I have tried putting descaler, bleach, disinfectant etc through on hot washes, but to no avail.
Any suggestions please?

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  • Coll1234 Mar 11, 2008

    Tried the remedies and it sems to have worked well.

    thanks very much.

    Clive (London).



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This is a common problem. There is a build up of grime in the hidden crevices of the machine. To help resolve this problem, put a cup and a half of good dishwashing power in the machine and then place it on HOT full capacity. Then place fill the fabric softener with bleach. Run the unit half of the wash cycle and then stop it and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Then allow it to finish the cycle. Repeat this process once a week for 3 weeks. Also you may want to stop using fabric softener if you are using it. The softener acts like a surfactant and adheres to the upper crevices of the machine. After a while bacteria starts to build. The bacteria varies in composition; but a very little known bacteria thrive in these humid areas and gives off the odor you described. The bacteria is commonly known as SRB’s. Here is some more information on this subject. Best o Luck :?) DRRXR

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If the washing machine itself smells bad when you open the door, it could be that it's covered in a horrible grease and gunge inside all the hoses and the tub. This particularly affects older washing machines and is common with washing machines that have only really been used at 40° or where only liquid detergent has been used.

Not using enough soap detergent over a long period of time can cause a build up of grease and therefore bad smells.
Get rid of washing machine smells

You could try to clean the washing machine inside using Soda crystals which dissolve grease. I recommend putting half a packet inside the drum and washing on a boil wash (or follow instructions on the packet) Using this method every month or so, or using ordinary detergent if no soda crystals are available can help prevent smells from your washing machine. If your washing machine is badly affected by grease and slime, it may be very difficult to remove it.

Get rid of washing machine odours using vinegar
White distilled vinegar has an array of uses. For bad washing machine smells, try putting half a cup of white vinegar inside an empty machine and put it on a boil wash. Because the first bit of water goes into the sump hose and is sealed off, I recommend that you wait until the washing machine has been filling for about 30 seconds and then pour the vinegar into the soap drawer to let it wash down into the machine. I've had reports back from people that this does actually work.

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Hi, I had the same problem with my front loader Kenmore. I read somewhere that there might be something caught in the drain hose behind the panel under the drum. With minor tools I took off the panel and undid the clamps holding the hose to the drain pipe. There were 2 nickels, a quarter, and a small wooden stick that I easily removed. Some water came out, so if you try this, use some rags underneath before unclamping the hose. I cleaned up inside the hose with a cloth and found a bit of gunk that had been stopped up above the coins. I put it all back together and ran a cycle with oxyclean powder and have had no odors since. Hope it helps.

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This is a bogus website that is trying to push smelly washer real fixes and there are other products out there for less just use bleach first

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