Question about Maytag Washing Machines
have a front loader and hated the machine for the very same reasons. A
one shot fix does not exist but rather requires ongoing treatment (they
don't tell you that when you buy the washer though).
Start by getting rid of the existing smell. There are products designed specifically for this problem. One such is "Affresh" but there are others. Most are available at stores that sell the machines and like everything else, on the internet too. Use as directed and once the smell is gone, maintain by using the steps below.
Firstly - discard all non-HE detergents. I know the "regular" detergents are cheaper than the HE counterparts, but these machines are designed for the low-suds type detergents. The "regular" detergents leave a soapy residue because the machine doesn't use nearly as much water as your old top loader and fails to completely rinse out all the soap from the machine (and your clothes, too). So give them to your friends with top loaders instead of using them in your front loader.
Next, run a small load, with bleach and hot water only - no clothes as the last load for the day.
Thirdly, leave the door(s) open on the days not used. This includes any top door for detergents / softeners along with the main front door of the machine between washes. It need not be left w-i-d-e open - but open enough to allow air to circulate and help dry the interior.
Fourth, wipe down the interior after the last load of the day. Pay particular attention to the rubber seal between the drum and the door jamb of the machine - at the bottom where water would collect.
Fifth, stop using fabric softener in the washer. Use a fabric softener dryer sheet instead. Limiting the products added to the washer to just bleach & HE detergents is best.
Sixth, use the washer cleaning product (Affresh etc.) as needed as a preventative step or to head off problems if / when they just begin to become noticeable.
If you follow all of these steps - the offending odors can be eliminated and prevented.
I hope this was very helpful and good luck!
Posted on May 23, 2011
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