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Desiccant moisture absorbing packs will help to absorb some of the excess humidity in the safe. In addition to the desiccant packs, we suggest that you open the safe at least once every two weeks for approximately 20 minutes. To alleviate some of the musty odor, we suggest that you remove the items from the safe and wipe the interior with a paste of baking soda and water. Do not store your safe unit in areas of your home or business with already high humidity levels such as a basement or cellar as this will add to the moisture problems. You can get the packs from the following link: http://www.sentrysafeshop.com/Moisture-Control-Desiccant-Packets-p/desiccant%20pack.htm

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How do I keep my front loading washer from smelling like mildew


Hi Cheyenne! There are a variety of ways to keep your machine smelling clean. The first and foremost is to make sure you are using the correct kind detergent for your machine.

Do you have a high efficiency washer? If so, be sure you should be using detergent that specifically states it's safe for use in a HE machine. There is a little HE emblem on the detergent bottle or box that clearly states it's safe for your machine, and the machine requires a very small amount when using the correct detergent. The wrong type can cause too many suds. The more suds = the more residue to get stuck in the nooks and crannies where mold can live and breed.

The next tip is to make sure you do not leave wet clothing in the washing machine, that isn't as easy as it sounds, I know ... but it is a big cause of mildew. Also try leaving the door open between washes to allow the interior to dry. With the door closed the water from the last load is unable to dissipate and will eventually mildew. But good news! Even if you've already developed that nasty smell, there are solutions!

Clean the inside of the machine by wiping the interior (drum, door, rubber seal...everything!) using bleach, white vinegar or your favorite household cleanser. They also sell tablets designed just for this problem in the same section you buy detergent and fabric softeners.
make sure you really scrub the the rubber seal, it is often the biggest culprit as there are a lot of nooks and crannies for the mildew to hide out in.

If you have an HE machine, remove the detergent tray and sterilize it

Finally, run a clean cycle on the machine by adding 1/4 cup of bleach or white vinegar to the detergent tray and run the machine through a hot wash cycle. Some machines have a "Sanitize Cycle, and this really does the job. Once that is done, air out the washer overnight: .

Another way to keep that smell from coming back is to put one tablespoon of baking soda in the drum after each load. This will continue to absorb smells while you aren't using the washer, and will be beneficial to the next load of laundry!

May 01, 2014 | Washing Machines

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I have a walk-in jacuzzi-type bathroom tub. When the automatic blower comes on it sends out a mildew smell. How can I get rid of it?


First of all, after each use, refill the tub with warm water and run the jets for about 10 minutes to clear out any excess debris etc.

To eliminate the smell/mildew/mold. :
-Fill the tub to above the jet level with HOT (over 140deg.) water
-Add two tablespoons of low sudsing dishwasher detergent and five cups of distilled white vinegar
-Run the jets for 20 minutes
-Drain the tub and use a tooth brush or any small brush to gently clean inside and around all of the jets and nozzles, remove all foreign material you can from the areas inside (disassemble the outter rings to do so) and around the outlets. Be as thorough as possible.
-Rinse and refill the tub with CLEAN COLD water and run the jets for another 20 minutes.
-Drain the water and the smell and mildew should be eliminated.

To prevent future mildew build up/odors once a month fill the tub with HOT water (again) and four to five cups of vinegar (no detergent) and run the jets for 20 minutes. Drain and fill with clean cold water running jets another 20 minutes. If the tub is used very often you can increase the scheduled flushing of the system to every two to three weeks. The mildew/mold flourishes in the warm wet areas inside the jet tubing and nozzles. Diligent maitenance is the best way to make sure you're not bathing with any unwanted guests in your bathwater!

-Take care

Mar 01, 2012 | Washing Machines

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Okay the rubber in the opening of the front load washer has black spots on it which is some kind of mildew or mold that makes the cloths smell mildewed after washed the spots wil not come off what is the...


I have never encounter this before. Most mildew type growths seek dark moist areas. If you have a warranty I'd start complaining. You need to disinfect the unit to kill all the mold. I'm worried that even if you kill all you can see, there will be colonies below the drum where you can not see and other hidden places. I would suggest that you leave the door open when not in use, and maybe use a fan for a few days to dry out the inside. How much chlorine is in your city water... check with neighbors to see if they have similar problems. I think you are correct that it is a mold or something similar, and if so it may even be a health hazard. I wish I could help more..

Sep 22, 2010 | Frigidaire Washing Machines

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Not washing properly, smells like mold


I have a samsung WF306LAW/XAA and it also smells like mold. I found I had a small leak which turned into a large on over a long periond of time. The leak was in the guide water also known as the silver care kit. The bottom of the washer has foam wire and hose covers to soften the noise, they get wet and mildew. make sure you do't have a small leak and dry out the cavity.

Jul 28, 2010 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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Awful smell! I drain it every cycle, I use the washer cleaner, everything! I am so sick of my towels smelling awful.


Sounds like the little flexible apron just in front of your washer drum has mildewed. Take a look and see if it is holding water, and look for mold while your'e at it. Use a good bathroom mold and mildew remover to kill the mess and deodorize it.

Mar 24, 2010 | LG WM-2277HW Front Load Washer

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Wet clothes after spin cycle and bad mildew smell. I have seen many complaints about mildew smell with He3 & He4 well really frnt loaders in general. The bad mold is so gross and the smell is horrible.


Clean tub boot the best you can with bleach. Then run an empty load with sunlight automatic dish soap (verry little). Then this should clean and freshin the washer up. The best thing to do is not to shut the door on washer when not in use.

Oct 27, 2009 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3t Front Load Washer

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Our towels and clothes have a mildew/musty smell. when I spin the stainless drum inside, i can hear water sloshing around.


Towel mildew odor is transferred from the washer to towels and clothes. The washer must be cleaned first. After cleaning the washer and towels washing habits must change to stop mold smell from returning.

Washing machine mold / mildew is caused by:
#1 cause is overuse of detergents. Detergent companies are notorious for instructing to use too much detergent. Especially with soft water or when using liquid detergent no more than 1 tbsp of any detergent should be used.
#2 most common cause is using fabric softener because it's dispensed in the rinse cycle and will coat the inside of the outer tub with residue that is a food source for mold to grow.
#3 using only cold water for washing is fine but makes preventative maintenance very important. A weekly hot soak will dissolve odor-causing residue from inside your washer.
#4 not using the washer. If the clothes washer isn't used very often maintenance is especially important. If leaving for a vacation it's a good idea to clean your washer. Do a search to "remove washer odor" to read just how big the problem is. There are all natural washer cleaners that will also remove mildew odor from towels and clothing after the washer has been cleaned.

Oct 06, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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Wallpaper


A bag of charcoal will absorb most smells, but you need to get to the source of the smell. If the wall paper is cloth based, it should be safe to use a small mist spray bottle and a mild mix of disinfectant and bicarbonate of soda which should neutralize the smell.

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