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Washing Machine smells after washing completed why is this

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  • pip cleans Jul 10, 2008

    I have a strong musty smell in my LG front loader. I ran a cycle w/ white vinegar and left the door open for over a week while on vacation, thinking it would air out. It didn't. Any suggestions??

  • lelkins Jul 14, 2008

    Yes, I have had a similar problem and haven't tried anything yet to resolve. Would be interested to knowing the solution to this also.

  • Anonymous Jul 21, 2008

    I find the same problem with mine. I actually leave it open between washes to try to avoid this. I'd love to hear a better solution. We're moving now and I won't have the room to leave the door hanging open all the time.

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  • Anonymous Aug 30, 2008

    I have the same problem, it smells terrible. Will bleach work?

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2008

    I have the same problem it is terrible. I have heard that there was a class action law suit and a recall. ???

  • jennie0 Jan 02, 2009

    i have this problem and it is a safety issue to leave the door open with two young toddlers...

  • nenebird Jan 16, 2009

    i have a toploader maytag and it smells so bad and now my clothes smell like a sewer. i tried bleach and then baking soda no help. I am so discouraged since my first front loader got infested with mold!!!!

  • louann_hendr May 08, 2009

    After every load my washing machine smells musty, the clothes seem fine after they come out of the dryer, but it stinks up my laundry room. If I open the lid and let it air out it goes away till the next load. Someone told me I could use vinegar but I dont know how much to use and w/ hot or cold.

  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    I actually looked this up because I'm tired of the smell every time I open the washer! I've tried running vinegar in hot water through a full wash, and also bleach, spraying with surface sanitizer, everything. I have a top loader too, and its only a few years old. It stinks! Literally.



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Problem occurs due to cool washes(i.e. 40c and under) not destroying bacteria from clothing/detergent which then breeds inside your machine, therefore creating a sometimes sulpherous or musty smell.
i would advise you to regularly do a hot wash(minimun 60c) with an old towel, soda crystals and washing machine bleach i.e. vanish, ace etc with an old towel in the drum to move the mixture around. if you keep up with this the smell will eventually go away.
you can buy limescale/detergent removal powders which will do the same job.
hope you find this useful.

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After having the repairman out here numerous times, ie. 6, we finally found out thet if you adjust the drain hose a little at a time the smell goes away. it was explained to me to work like a "pea trap" in plumbing. make sure your drain hose has a slight/medium curve to it, don't let it go straight into the drain, it has to have some curve to it that way the smell from old water does not come back into the washer. i now have almost a "u" shape curve to my drain and haven't had the smell in 2 weeks!!! hope this helps.

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I had the same musty smell problem with my front load Maytag and I sold it because of the problem. When I went to buy a new washer and dryer, the salesman told me we wouldn't have this problem with the Whirlpool because the drainage system was better. Well........I have the same problem. I run bleach through a hot cycle and I leave the door open in-between washes, but it doesn't help. Doesn't anyone have a solution for this annoying problem with front loaders? I'm ready to sell my 3 yr old Whirlpool if this can't be fixed and get a top loader. My clothes always smell fresh when I wash them at my Mom's house with a top loader.

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Run a wash cycle with only some bleach in it. That works for us everytime ours gets a bit stinky... Good luck!

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run a cycle with bleach only. nothing else in it. no close or nothing. there might be a problem with your draining hoses. they might not be draining quickly enough. might i suggest you unhook them and make sure there isnt any water in them. please rate my solution

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