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Smell is probably coming from the rubber boot on the front of the drum.  you can try cleaning with some white vinegar and a cloth.  you can also run an EMPTY cycle with about a cup of white vinegar and see  if that helps.  if not, the only cure  may be to replace the boot which are not made with better materials.

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Every manufacturer should be included in that lawsuit!

Let's put the blame exactly where it belongs and keep it there until manufacturers clean up their act!

What in the world are we thinking when we allow ourselves to be forced to jump through these ridiculous hoops just do do laundry!?

I am furious and it is over something as stupid as a washing machine! A WASHING MACHINE!!!!

New government regulations for new water efficiency washing machines has my family’s clothing smelling like a stinking, rancid, moldy basement! This is absolutely absurd! I have been told to change laundry detergent, run hot bleach water through my washer and, get this; my washing machine is 1 year old and my clothes smell filthy!!! The mold and mildew from these nasty machines have wreaked havoc through skin rashes and allergies in my children!

I paid $1,000.000 for this da*ned washing machine and THIS is what is being sold to the public under the disguise of efficiency!!?? I have been on the phone about this problem. I have, over the past 3 months, with a technician on the phone, been instructed to do the following:

*Make sure I use high efficiency detergent THAT will fix my problem.
Wrong.
*Cleaned the lint trap (..that is stupidly behind a metal access plate that you have to use a screwdriver to remove screws to get to it EVERY TIME) and THAT will fix my problem.
Wrong!
*Cleaned the water hoses; THAT will fix my problem.
Wrong!
*Cleaned the gasket around the door. THAT will fix my problem
Wrong!
*Cleaned the tub with bleach water. THAT will fix my problem.
WRONG!
*REMOVED the hoses and cleaned the pump. THAT will fix my problem.
WRONG AGAIN!
*Take the pump out entirely and clean all inlet, outlets and hoses. THAT will fix my problem.
WRONG! WRONG!! WRONG!!!

NONE of this fixed my problem of filthy, wet, stinking, rancid clothing that has endangered my family's health! I even washed my children's clothing out by hand in the bathtub and put them in the washer just to rinse and spin and they STILL smelled horrific.

Finally, at the end of my rope, I returned to the appliance store from which I purchased this machine and they have told me that they cannot accept a return. They will not accept a return and I have to deal directly with GE. I HAVE dealt with GE up until the final straw when I they told me I needed a new pump, but so sorry, your warranty JUST expired 3 days ago!!!

Furthermore, my pump was fine. I did NOT need a new pump and have now been told that I cannot return the new, unused pump that cost me another $183.00. I have now been told that this is a problem with ALL front loading washing machines and I should do the following:

*First, run a full complete wash cycle on hottest setting containing Bleach – * Note: wash cycle takes 1 hour and 20 minutes
*Next, run a full wash cycle on hottest setting using high efficiency laundry detergent for another 1 hour and 20 minutes
*Next, run a full wash cycle on hottest setting using Cascade automatic dish washing detergent for an ADDITIONAL 1 hour and 20 minutes
*Next, using Bleach water, wipe down entire interior of washing machine
*Next, using clean white cloth, wipe entire interior of washing machine dry
*Next, leave door ajar to air out machine

*Finally, I have now been informed that I cannot use fabric softener in the machine even though there is a fabric softener dispenser right in the machine because the new front loading machines cannot handle fabric softener!!

Furthermore, I was told that this is new technology and since it is so new, no one really knew these kinds of problems were going to manifest themselves and I just need to try to work with these problems because it is not the manufacturers fault but the GOVERNMENT’S fault! Sorry.

Are you kidding me??

Now I have a $1000.00 piece of junk that the appliance companies are pawning off on unsuspecting consumers and hiding their horrible designs by blaming the government.

So, now this is what I want!

I want the legislature to force manufacturers to properly inform the public of these problems and those who did NOT inform consumers of these issues, COMPENSATE their customers for the $$$$$ it has cost us and the misery and frustration caused by THEIR neglect by NOT informing the consumers of these issues. I want this to be retroactive BACK to at least the year 2005. Furthermore, I want compensated for the cost of buying a top loading washing machine in an effort to keep our families away from the mold and mildew and filthy mess this has caused! Finally, I want manufacturers to own up to the fact that they disregarded the health and safety of consumers in their efforts to profit as much as possible while touting efficiency.

Now I have heard that they have a new 'product' they can sell to us to inhibit the stench of mold and mildew. This is absolutely unacceptable!

This is outrageous and we need to speak out about this and make sure our voices are heard!

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Your washer smells moldy because there is mold growing in it somewhere. To kill the mold and clean the inside of your washer do a hot water wash using no clothes but adding two cups of bleach to the machine. It will also smell better then.

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Slimy mold in rubber seal

Hi, Just dry the seal after a wash and leave the door open just a little. Leaving the door cracked will also help with the smell allowing air to circulate through the machine. ALL front loads have this problem with mold and that strange smell.

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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IMPORTANT: Read thoroughly. DO NOT add detergent or other laundry products to this cycle.
1. Remove all items from the washer.
2. Open the dispenser drawer and 2/3 cup (160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. DO NOT use more than 2/3 cup (160mL) of bleach per cycle as this will lead to product damage.
3. Close the washer door and dispenser drawer.
4. Select the Clean Washer cycle or a full wash cotton 104 F wash (40 C). DO NOT use any higher temperature as this will cause unnecessary fumes
5. Press Start and allow cycle to complete.
6. If the bad odour persists, repeat the procedure 1 or 2 more times. This may be necessary if this is the first time you have run this cycle.
7. After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
8. Repeat the cleaning procedure monthly.
To maintain the washer freshness:
1. Use only HE High Efficiency detergent.
2. Leave the door open after each cycle to for better ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
3. Use warm / hot water in your machine unless the fabric you are washing requires cold.
4. Use the correct amount of fabric softener.
5. If your laundry room is damp, use a dehumidifier.
6. Clean the door seal of visible residue.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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Please view my FixYa Tip on how to resolve and prevent this problem from recurring at this link.
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Kenmore washer mold smell issue


front loader of top loader? For front loaders you need to dry around the front gasket and leave the door open 24 hours after each wash.

Put a couple of towels in the machine and add a full box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda and do a 90' boil wash. Clean towels and the smell gone.

Jul 17, 2016 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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How to Stop Mold or A Stagnant Smell from Washing Machine.


If your washing machine is producing a stagnant smell which is tainting your clothes then this Tip is for you!

Secret ingredient: Ordinary Baking Soda.

First check to make sure that the machine is draining properly and ensure that the pump filter is clear of any debris. Check that the drainage pipes at the back of the machine are not kinked or obstructed in any way.

If the machine is a frontloader a common place for mold to build up is the rubber seal gasket around the door such as this one. Immediately you can see the nooks and crannies where mold can build up.
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Mold is one of the most common causes of a stagnant odour.

Clean this out as well as you can with ordinary kitchen cleaner (avoid using bleach) then place a heaped cup of baking soda directly into the drum and run an empty hot/boil wash on a full cycle.

Baking soda has a cleaning and neutralising effect and will help remove any build up of mold or gunge within the machine. You may need to run two of these washes before you see a solid result.

Thereafter I recommend you run a monthly 'maintenance wash' with the baking soda to prevent the problem arising again.

It is highly recommended that the door of the machine is always left partially open between washes as this encourages ventilation and discourages any more mold from forming inside the machine.

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Clothes smell after washing cycle


Nice, or not nice?

To get rid of the mildew odor, run an empty machine on the hottest setting with bleach or Affresh ($8, homedepot.com), a cleaner that deodorizes a washer's interior. And after each load of laundry, leave the door ajar to allow the interior to dry.

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How do you get rid of mold smell in washing machine


Hello friend, thanks for your post!

I understand that you have a mold smell developing inside of your Frigidaire washer. I would normally recommend using a clean wash cycle with either one cup of bleach or one pouch of Tide Washing Machine Cleaner. If you do not have a clean wash cycle on your washer you could also use hot water and a regular cycle with a cup of bleach to clean out your washer.

You should also check over your gasket to assure there is no mold buildup, if you do locate mold inside of your gasket you can use bleach to help get rid of any residue. I hope this information is helpful. -Matt

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My washing mchine has a mildew odour all the time for last month, its a year old WHY? please


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.

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Slimy mold in rubber seal


Hi, Just dry the seal after a wash and leave the door open just a little. Leaving the door cracked will also help with the smell allowing air to circulate through the machine. ALL front loads have this problem with mold and that strange smell.

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My Kenmore Elite He3 sounds like it has water in the tub after washing AND smells of MOLD?


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