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Whirlpool duet front loader washer

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I have a smell inside my front loader. I checked to make sure there wasn't a soggy item inside the rubber door seal. Its a sour smell. Any suggestions on getting ride of it?

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  • bjwg Aug 19, 2008

    I have the same problem. Where is it coming from and how do you solve (clean) it?

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Mold and bacteria in your door seal is a symptom of problems deeper inside the unit. All washers - not just Whirlpool, have this problem. The area of worst buildup is always on the inside of the plastic outer tub just above the normal waterline where suds and soiled water splash up and don't get rinsed out. To clean this problem area add 1 or 2 caps of smelly washer cleaner to a full load of laundry. The added bulk of the laundry will raise the water level to include the "splash area". Intermittently pause to soak more extreme cases.

Posted on Dec 09, 2012

My washer also smells. I cleaned behind the door seal with bleach but it still stinks. Also ran vinegar through the cycle. When looking closer, I can feel a slime on the outside of the drum but can figure out how to get to it. I am sure that is contributing to the smell. Has anyone else noticed this and if so, what can I do?

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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