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My washing maching leaves my clothes smelling horrible. I have tried running an empty cycle with bleach and then vinegar, can you suggest anything else

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  • eallman05 Aug 28, 2008

    Hi I'm having the same problem with my machine (hoover hw160m) A real pain! Also tried rinsing through with bleach etc. I think that possibly the water is not heating and a new heater element is required........any other ideas on this much appreciated.

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Try a product that removes limescale all washing machine manufacutrers do there own brand. elecrolux have a a good descaler..all you do put it in the soap draw and do an empty wash on the highest temperature wash

hope this helps..

cheers washdoctor

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Oh, by the way, don't even think about bypassing any sensor from your machine. You don't want to wake up tomorrow and find a pool in your house, right?

To kill mildew and bacteria you may want to try some simple solutions:

* Keep the lid up between washes so that bacteria and mildew won't grow in it. Pour a bottle of vinegar in hot water and run it though the machine on a heavy load wash. When it is finished, leave the lid up.
* Didn't help? then pour a box of baking soda in it and running it with hot water cycle. Try running it without clothes.

... I mean, Run the washer machine without clothes inside. (Oh my gosh, I should go to bed, it's too late for giving advice on FixYa)

* If the smell continues Pour a big bottle of peroxide hydrogen (the 3% one from the drug store) and run a heavy load wash. Be sure not to use good clothes, it will get white. if that does not work, u may have a more serious problem. Perhaps the machine needs to receive maintenance and spray some peroxide hydrogen where the mildew is growing.

Also, You can try a commercial product for this kind of issue: http://www.smellywasher.com/

Some people says that it works when everything else fails.

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