The inside drum of my washer smells musky... tried pouring straight bleach into the washer with no water let set half hour then spun that out and rinse cycled it still there... also tried straight hot water with half box of baking soda, neither worked! the clothes dont smell coming out but the washer is grosse! plz help
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Re: inside of washer smells bad!!
Your smell is inside the washer under the cabinet. You must take the cabinet apart and thoroughly clean it. You must have a small leak that has been going on for sometime now for the moister has mildewed. Lysol will kill the smell on this although it must be cleaned first of all
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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.
Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome to the site. More then likely, the washer needs cleaned out. Articles of clothing and other items get caught in areas of the washer. Over time, the wet clothes and items will cause a fowl smell. You need to check these areas and make sure you clean them out. The bottom tub is where you should check. After you remove them, run a load or two of bleach water. It would be wise to clean the washer with a disinfectant as well. If nothing is seen, it is possible to have mold. Especially if you smell a musky odor, rather then just a stinch. Anywhere the water goes has the opportunity to hold mold. Check the water pump and the hoses also.
all front load washers have the problem. Mold and a build up or dirt and soap and fabric softner cause s old musty smell. The low water use makes the machine dirty and build up inside. Run a few Hot water washes with out clothing, Run it empty ,(run your hot water neer your washer to get the cold water out of the house pipes) hot water and pour bleach in side, 2 or more cups. Keep doing it. When your not using washer leave the door open so air can get inside. Hot wash,es with bleach will keep it clean, also dont use fab softner.
there could be buildup in the outer tub causing some water to stay trapped and causing the smell, try running some loads uning Ahfresh or you can try pouring lots of bleach in there and letting it sit a while, then run it throu a cycle.
Front load washers retain water that you cant see or get to. There are cleaners for washing machines available. I clean mine every month with alot of bleach , try pouring a half gallon of bleach in the soap insert on a normal wash cycle and an extra rinse would not hurt no clothes of course.
Try getting the new whirlpool affresh washer tablets. They clean the mold and are supposed to make everything in the washer smell better and keep it clean. They are only around 10 bucks and is worth a shot to clean your smelly drain.
Powder is tuff on a front loader, liquid is the way to go. One solution is to use a ratio of 2 Tbls of soap to 1 Tbls of softener as this machine uses 70% less water and this makes the solution of soap much stronger causing a build in the back bottom of the tub. Every one I have rebuilt has had to be scrapped out because of excess soap, liquid or powder. This stuff turns black and is awful. I usually use washer magic only and knowing that one use will not remove even 3 years of build up but is a process of reversing the junk. So I will by one from Walmart for about 4 bucks and pour the contents into the machine will empty of clothes and water and let it sit over night to start breaking the stuff down, then in the morning I will run hot water in the closet sink to the machine so when I start the cycle the water is hot. So after soaking you want hot water with a heavy agitation plus a second rinse and that will remove half of the junk. I usually do this every month on my top loader because of hard water and my clothes do smell much better for it
There is a door on the bottom og this machine, I opened the door to find a little spot, I placed a bowel under the spout and opened it, drained all of the liquid out and this problem stopped! I also ran the machine on hot water with bleach after I emptied this resevoir. How often you do laundry will determine how often you must empty it. For me, once every 6-8 months does the trick!
this is caused by a build up of old detergent and limescale.there are some industrial strength descalers around.wpro descaler is one.add the sachet to the drum with no wash load.pour in a kettle of hot water(not boiling)and leave for thirty minutes.then put washing machine on a 60 degree cycle and allow to run right through.you will need to repeat approximately every three months