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Musty smell in washing machine - no obvious water/mold, etc.

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  • mo23478 Jul 01, 2008

    This is a problem AND a solution!



    I had the same problem - caused, I think, by leaving a damp towel in the machine for a couple of days. The machine smelt musty for months afterwards UNTIL YESTERDAY. I put two cups of white vinegar into the machine (some in the drawer and some in the drum), and ran a hot wash through the empty machine. The smell has gone!

    Hope it works for you - Good Luck

    Mo

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I tried all of the suggestions and nothing worked, So I took apart my machine to find the source of the problem. There was a ring of black mildew that was the source of the smell I clean it and that took care of the problem!!!

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1. Run an empty load wih nothng but bleach in the dispenser on the sanitary cycle. (Do this once a month)
2. Switch to powder HE detergent. The liquids cause their own smell.
3. Leave the door open when the washer is not in use.
4. Guaranteed!

Switch to powder HE Detergent.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008

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