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Musty odor in laundry

Have 7 year old Fisher-Paykel top loading washer. In recent months have noticed musty odor in towels following washing. The odor seems to go away after drying but when using the towel following a shower the odor is horrible. Am now getting the same odor in other clothing.

Washer seems to be working fine but this odor is awful.

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  • makatrod Jul 28, 2008

    I have the same exact problem. However, I don't have the same washer. As a matter of fact, we just bought a new washer to see if it would help with the odor. Odor's still there though. We also bought a water softener AND have tried probably every kind of detergent and softener out there. Our towels seem to smell good when coming out of the dryer but the second they get wet again after drying off from a shower, the smell comes right back.

  • roger69847 Jul 28, 2008

    SAME PROBLEM WITH ESPECIALLY TOWEls after they get wet from showering They actually never smell good. It's so bad have been going to the laundry mat to do laundry. Used hot water ,bleach, vinegar solution , changed to powder detergent, and no fabric softner.

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Try running empty withDishwasher Powder Cycle first. Allow to soak overnight. Then 2nd cycle with plain Hot water

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I would say that you are getting a build up of soap and oil from our bodies, on the inside of your wash bowl.
The Tubs pull out of the washing machine really easy and then you can water blast the two tubs.Solves this problem?
Once you learn how to pull the tub out you can also clear a blocked pump.
I have a after market lint filter fitted to my F&P washing machine,works wonders .
ask your local whiteware Man for some hints on a Bowl removal.
A five minute job???

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