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Laundry tub When my clothes are done washing I get round marks on the bottom of clothes that sit in the washer I have used vinegar and still happens

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The problem is detergent spotting, do the hottest wash for several occasions and add a cleaner descaler preferably two mugs full of washing soda. Regards Advisor

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I would like to clean the inside drum on the outside. The washing has dark spots on it once its been washed. I have used hot water and done a whole cycle but its still dirty.


Maintaining a clean washer helps to ensure that the laundry looks its brightest and smells its freshest.

Follow a few simple strategies on a regular basis, and your washer will produce the results that you want.
Fortunately, most of these cleaning steps are only necessary on an as needed basis. If you prefer, complete most of them once a month for a sparkling clean washing machine. Follow these helpful pointers.

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  • Wipe the outside of your washer with a soft cloth and a mild solution of soap. This is especially important if you use the washer lid as a landing station for your laundry.
  • Whenever a load of wash is extremely dirty and leaves a bit of residue on the interior or inner tub of your washer, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe it clean.
  • If your washer is equipped with a lint filter, remove all lint accumulation on a regular basis such as after every wash cycle.
  • Clean the bleach and fabric softener dispensers as soon as they show any sign of dirt or residue. Avoid using laundry detergent to clean the fabric softener dispenser since it may interact with the fabric softener the next time you use it.
  • If desired, apply a coating of appliance wax following the instructions provided with the container. This helps to protect the exterior of your washer.
  • If your washing machine is set up to drain into a laundry tub, you should have a strainer placed in the drain to gather all traces of lint and larger particles of dirt. If the plumbing becomes clogged, your washer may not work properly. A clogged drain can prevent the water from draining properly. Remove any build-up in the strainer after each washing cycle.
  • Clean the washing machine about once a month by running a hot water cycle with bleach. Be sure that you do not use more than the recommended dosage of bleach for your washer. This information may be visible on the bleach dispenser or in the washer's manual.
  • Clean underneath the lid of the washer using a soft cloth or sponge and clean water or a mild soap solution. While you are at it, clean the top of the washer that sits beneath the lid as well.
  • If you have hard water and mineral deposits have appeared on your machine, refer to your manual for removal instructions. If you do not have the manual, contact the manufacturer by telephone or email. Additionally, you can search online for possible suggestions. Certain types of materials may not react well to specific cleaning methods; therefore, it is essential that you check before you use anything such as vinegar or a cleaning agent that includes vinegar.


The washer has a musty/sour smell to it...any way to clean it?

There are several things you can do. First you might try filling with hot water and dissolving 1 cup of baking soda. Let it sit for about an hour. Then complete the cycle and when done, leave the top open so tub will dry completely.
Second, you might try the same thing but use 1 cup of chlorine bleach. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then complete the cycle. Again, leave the top open so the tub will air dry.
Finally, you can fill with hot water and use 1 cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for an hour and then follow the same procedures above.
Once you've run the cycle, you can wipe down the interior edges and under surfaces with a rag that has been moistened with the solution of vinegar or chlorine.
The baking soda neutralizes odors. The chlorine bleach will kill mold and mildew spores. The vinegar is acidic and it too will prevent the mold and mildew from growing.
Once you've freshened the washer, remember to leave the top up after you've completed all the laundry so that there is air and light entering the tub. Mold and mildew do not live well in bright, airy environments. I hope this helps. If so, please come back and comment on my suggestions!

Nasty odour coming from inside machine even after numerous cleans with hot water, detergents, vinegar and bicarb of soda.These were done individually over quite a period of time but the smell still...

you may need to remove the inner wash tub and access the outer tub to clean out all the spent soap,detergent,fabric softener that hasn't been drained during previous washes and have now created a sewage mold from just sitting there,also make sure all the drain hoses and the pump are clear and there are no hoses kinked all the way to the drain

My machine is leaving white marks on my coloured clothes this has happened now and again but lately its happening in all my washes I'm having to throw loads of clothes can't afford to go on like this!

It sounds like you have some type of scum left over from the loads you are doing. Spray around the tub with a good tub/tile cleaner, then fill it with water and pour in several cups of white vinegar. let it sit for a few minutes then let it run through a wash cycle with no clothes. It should clean it out.

You might rethink whatever products you use because if too much soap or alkaline it could be leaving behind residue.

The twin tub connected to the washing machine doesn't drain.

the pipe you are using is too small for the amount of water you are forcing into it

Laundry tub has a bad smell/stinch like mildew. Has gotten into towels and other laundry. How do you get into the machine to see if there is lint buildup or what is causing this? Have used numerous odor...

Water left in bottom of washing machine should not be more than a tablespoon or so. Have you tried washing a full cycle with EMPTY washer, 1 gallon of clear distilled vinegar and 1 pound box of baking soda...the plain one on the grocery shelf. You got some drain tube that seems to be harboring this smell, which feeds back to your clean clothes. Empty the washer immediately upon washing being done. Always leave your lids or doors open. You may have to change out the tubing/drains from INFLOW and OUTFLOW. This is all under the assumption you have a front loader. I don't believe this would exist with regular top loader as gravity pulls all to the drains.

I have a strange odor

It is normal for all models of washing machines to have a gallon or two of water left inside the bottom of the washer and in the drain pump. This is not the cause of odor. The smell is being caused by residue left on the inside of the plastic outer tub.

The best way to clean a stinky washer is to use a washer cleaner that is able to be used with clothing in the washer. The added bulk of the laundry will raise the water level to include the splash area 3-5 inches above the normal waterline. This splash area always has the worst buildup.
After the odor is gone you'll need to change washing habits to keep it away.

I have sour mildew smell problem with my clothes

Look inside the door to the gray rubber ring gasket thingy. Pull apart the sides and look in. Betcha a dollar to a donut there's mold in there. It's a gross, nasty problem whirlpool customer service doesn't give a damn about.That's where water sets after wash cycles. There are tablets call "Affresh" which can be run with hot water for a cycle to attempt to clean out the mold/mildew. Not cheap, not fair, and probably will only be a start to a maintenance type cure if you've had the washer for awhile. May take some manual labor with bleach as well. NOT a sanitary washer. This is an unbelieveable problem with a washer. Piece of ****.

Whirlpool Duet Front Load Washer WFW8300SW00 Problem: I am using HE detergent and using less than the recommended amount; however, there is always a small ***** of suds sitting on the seal when I open the...

If you have a water softener or very soft water, soap will suds up more than if your water is normal or hard, so you'll need to use less than recommended. Obviously soap breaks down the dirt, but the dirt also breaks down the soap, so if your clothes are not very dirty to start with, you'll need less soap than if they were more dirty. Soap can also be stored in laundry like towels and cleaning rags and when combined with the laundry soap will suds more. You can try raising the leveling legs in the front to tip the washer back. This will help the water drain back into the tub instead of pooling on the boot. You can also try using the 'extra rinse' option. Keep cutting back on how much soap you use until your laundry is not as clean as it should be. You might be surprised how little soap you can use!

Admiral Washer smells like mildew

yes it could . If you are trying to pump the water 7 feet or more above the floor then it will at the end of the cycle get air into the drain hose causing cavatation, the result when the machines stops is the water running back down the drain hose back into the tub and that is what causes the musty smell.
Lower the drain if possible
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