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Hello, I have a Frigidaire front loading washer, model FTF530ES. There is a musty, moldy odour emanating from inside the machine, and when I took my load of laundry out of the machine, I noticed that the black gasket had dirtied the laundry. Thanks for your help.

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  • michelleb460 Apr 11, 2011

    No, it's not lint. I think it's mold, and that would explain the smell. How do I properly clean the machine? Also, what steps can I take to avoid mold once it's solved?

  • michelleb460 Apr 11, 2011

    What do you mean when you say "clean the bottom"? Are you referring to the rubber gasket, which I mentioned seems to be dirty? If so, how do I clean it? I assume you are suggesting a dilute solution of bleach. If so, what concentration? How long do I leave the solution on the gasket? In other words, could you be a lot more specific, please!

  • michelleb460 Apr 11, 2011

    I'm sorry, but your comments have not been helpful at all.

  • michelleb460 Apr 11, 2011

    Your suggestion is not helpful to me because, as I mentioned, I have a front loading washer.

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Hi, when a moldy or musty smell develops in a washing machine, many times the smell is coming from the open areas of the agitator. Water along with soap and/or liquid softener sometimes splashes into an open agitator, and when the lid is closed it does not dry out. Instead, mold begins to form, and a musty smell wafts from inside the machine, even after the lid has been opened for an extended period of time. Until the mold is removed the washing machine will continue to smell bad, even if it is used and allowed to air dry with the lid open.
The tub can also be the source of the smell. Lint can gather and collect in the holes, and when it does not dry fast enough it ends up smelling musty and moldy. Even the top of the rim can become moldy and musty, but proper cleaning can get rid of the odor.

To clean the inside of a washing machine that smells musty and moldy, set the washing machine to fill to the highest level with hot water. In addition, add liquid chlorine bleach to the water according to product label instructions. When the tub finishes filling, push the knob in to prevent it from agitating. Fill the washing machine further with hot water. The level should reach the top holes in the tub. Allow the machine to run through the entire course, and open the lid to allow the interior to air-dry.

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    The mildew smell is caused from the growth of bacteria. For whatever reason this has plagued front load washers.
    MY SOLUTION: go Home Depot and purchased a 10" canister style sediment water filter. Mount it on the wall so that you can easily service it. Then connected it to the cold water line, remove the sediment filter and place chlorine tablets inside the canister. Doing this add just enough chlorine to the water to kill and stop the bateria growth.

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Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome to the site. The problem you are experiencing is wet lint and other things I am sure. You are going to need to clean out the bottom of the washer. Many things gets stuck down there and after time, there is a build up that can cause a fowl older. After you clean the bottom, I would advise you to run a empty load with bleach to wash any other articles out of the washer.

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    Richard Hale Apr 11, 2011

    You just need to make sure you run bleach into the washer with an empty load. With all the chemicals in the washer, it is hard for mold to grow. It can in other places I persume but not inside where the water and chemicals go.

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    Richard Hale Apr 11, 2011

    There are many things that find their way to the bottom of the washer. Get in and clean it out. You will be surprised of how bad it smells.

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    Richard Hale Apr 11, 2011

    Mold grows in wet and dark places. There are other places that it could grow on the washer. If you believe it is mold, you meed to check those places. Check under the washer and perhaps the back. You can also check inside the washer. That would be a more likely place.

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