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Re: smell coming from washing machine
IMPORTANT: Read thoroughly. DO NOT add detergent or other laundry products to this cycle. 1.Remove all items from the washer. 2.Open the dispenser drawer and 2/3 cup (160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. DO NOT use more than 2/3 cup (160mL) of bleach per cycle as this will lead to product damage. 3.Close the washer door and dispenser drawer. 4.Select the Clean Washer cycle or a full wash cotton 104 F wash (40 C). DO NOT use any higher temperature as this will cause unnecessary fumes 5.Press Start and allow cycle to complete. 6.If the bad odour persists, repeat the procedure 1 or 2 more times. This may be necessary if this is the first time you have run this cycle. 7.After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow ventilation and drying of the washer interior. 8.Repeat the cleaning procedure monthly. To maintain the washer freshness: 1.Use only HE High Efficiency detergent. 2.Leave the door open after each cycle to for better ventilation and drying of the washer interior. 3.Use warm / hot water in your machine unless the fabric you are washing requires cold. 4.Use the correct amount of fabric softener. 5.If your laundry room is damp, use a dehumidifier. 6.Clean the door seal of visible residue.
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If you have a smelly front loading clothes washing machine, toss in a Finish Geltabs (the ones that are all liquid) and run the machine on a hot wash cycle, medium to heavy load (to get more water in the tub) with no clothes in the machine. You don't need to use much of a spin cycle so set it on low. The washing machine will come clean and even the moldy spots on the rubber gaskets will disappear. A second treatment may be needed if the smell is not completely gone. We tried everything from vineger to bleach to baking soda to borax to commercially available odor removers from Whirlpool and Tide. Nothing worked until I hit on this idea. It's cheap, easy and can be done anytime your machine needs a refreshing. I used the orange Geltabs but any fragrance would be fine. Keep the door on your washer open a bit when possible to air out to help preclude thiose nasty smells.
Clear your filter. Remove detergent drawer and clean the drawer and its receptacle on the machice. Bung in 8 milton tablets in the drum and put it on the hottest longest wash you can and leave it run normally.
Run a short cold wash to flush the machine
Now put some nice smelling low foaming disinfectant in and repeat the hot wash cycle. This should sort it but may take repeated treatments. Lower the amount of softener and detergent you use as excess can build up and can cause this problem to come back. Additionally dont overload with really dirty cloths and if you do a wash with exceptionally dirty cloths then after you empty your machine put it on a shortest rinse cycle to purge and contaminated water that is left behind.
If all this fails you will need to have your machine serviced.
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.
So that said.To clean the machine,fill to just above the top row of holes in the tub.Add 2 cups of bleach.Let sit for 1-2 hours.Then let the machine run it`s wash cycle.Lastly use bleach water and a rag to wipe the machine down inside and out.If the agitator has a cup on top remove and clean with bleach.Leave the top open so the machine can dry.
Now it should smell better,if so use as normal,and leave the lid open when not in use.
The smell in my Kenwood Elite washer is horrible. I use bleach, I use the new TIde Washing Machine Cleaner, I have tried the hot cycles, I have left it open between washings but can't leave it open very much because we have a door out to garage that would hit the washer door if left open too wide. I can't leave clothes in there too long or they smell too much and have to rewash. The clothes never come out of washer smelling super clean. After I dry them using a scented dryer sheet, they are acceptable, but I never have really clean smelling scented clothes any more.
Does your washer smell? Is your rubber door seal gungy too?
If so then use 1/2 cup of Washing Soda Crystals (50p for a 1kg bag from most supermarkets)
set washer to 60 degree wash and run machine for full hot cycle with no clothes in it... just the Washing Soda.
I did this with my washer which literally reeked, and my friends have since done theirs and the results are amazing...
Go and check your drain when you finish too... mine sparkles now and it was gunged up before.. I now add a desertspoon of Washing Soda to every wash.... I place it in the crease of the door seal and little by little all the mould is disappearing, even though the hot wash cleaned the gunge the black spots remained. My washer smells so clean now and no more black flecks on the clothes either... (these are loose gunge from the outer drum, right inside the works of your machine...)
I found out the hard way. The GE WCVH6260 fron loading washing machine has a terrible design flaw. There is a 'filter' that sits right in front of the discharge pump. This filter clogs with lint, coins, hair, dollar bills ... etc about every 3-4 months. When it 'clogs', the pump cannot '****' the dirty water through the gunk. As a result, you have nasty, stale water (forever) preventing dirty water from being flushed. What's worse is that since the dirty water cannot leave, you wind up washing/rinsing your 'clean' clothes with dirty water. It is easy to fix.
When looking at the front of your washing machine, there is a rectangular panel at the bottom. Remove the 3 screws (left, right and center) and pull down on the panel. It slides off easy. Right in front of you is a 3" cap. MAKE SURE TO HAVE A LARGE POT TO CATCH THE SLOP BEFORE YOU LOOSEN THE CAP. Remove the cap and pull out. (I took out 'gunk' the size of a tube of racket balls (coins, hair, dollar bills .. etc). You will also see/smell what I mean by 'dirty water'
GE is a bunch of idiots. We have only had our machine 12 months. This is obviously 'regular maintenance' kind of stuff (kind of like periodically cleaning the lint filter on the washing machine) and GE doesn't even make the 3" cap accessible from the outside. I checked the manual and these problems are not even FAQ's in the manual: * machine 'pauses' between every cycle (push start to continue) * clothes smell musty * water doesn't drain * cycles (consistently) take longer than timer says * clothes still soaking wet even after spin cycle ... etc)
I have the same washer now for several years now. I keep getting the smell now and then. After reading all these disappointed people I went down to the machine and cleaned out the "Pump filter". It had been smelling today, I was tired of this problem also. So i opened the little door at the bottom front left corner. There you find a little black hose, pull it out a little and pull the plug. There you drain the water that's laying inside smelling up the house. Now you un-screw the big black cap. Once you remove the cap, you find a plastic filter-catcher. I found paper, a dime, and several other things that came out of my pockets. You can take the basket to the sink and wash it out. Put it back together and try checking it in one month. Also I used some needle nose pliers to clean the nasty stuff around the gasket. At the bottom of gasket try pulling it back to get to the hair and ****. We have a dog, so the hair is bad.