Tip: Stinky Front Load Washer or Smelly Towels?

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To clean stinky front load washing machine spray gasket with white vinegar, then do a hot water white wash with bleach. No more stinky washer!

Happy to hear other tips!

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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 17, 2017
    When we moved, our washer smelled so bad, I wish I had known this sooner. Thanks!!!
    • Ers15632107 Ers15632107 on Jan 18, 2017
      I dry the gasket and leave a hand towel to keep the door from closing tightply and then I do not have any smells...
  • Joseph Glackin Joseph Glackin on Jan 17, 2017
    Just leave the door and the top, detergent inserter (If you are equipped) and the machine will dry without smell. The open door/vent creates a draft.
  • Joseph Glackin Joseph Glackin on Jan 17, 2017
    btw--I always add white vinegar to rinse towels. They absorb MUCH more water afterward.
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    • Linda Brock Linda Brock on Jan 28, 2017
      thank you!
  • WENDY WENDY on Jan 20, 2017
    where is the gasket?
    • Dee Dee on Jan 20, 2017
      The gasket is the rubber around the tub, it has 2 areas to clean, inside which is small and hard to clean and the larger outside.
  • Karen Reilly Karen Reilly on Jan 20, 2017
    The fats in your laundry soap gets rancid and that causes the awful smell so use a vegetable based soap. Most store bought are petroleum based this to can get rancid I use an easy home made soap using sal suds, washing soda and hot water I have not had any problems with odor and I also use vinegar for a rinse. The web site for the laundry soap is www.brendid.com she has lots of homemade cleaners that work.
  • WENDY WENDY on Jan 20, 2017
    thanks, didn't know what that was called. :)
  • Shannon Shannon on Jan 24, 2017
    The manual usually indicates the front door should remain open at all times the washer is not in use. It helps to also open the little drawer where detergent goes. Once I realized this i never again had to deal with odor. Training my husband and kids to leave it open is another issue all together (even with notes on the door.)
  • 2ro17494406 2ro17494406 on Jan 26, 2017
    Someone suggested this "gadget" called "Washer Fan" @ Washerfan.com a few years ago. It is AMAZING. It works like magic, and costs less than 3 cents a month to operate. It has a magnet that makes the unit stick to the back of the washer. Apparently it keeps the lines dry. We've had no smelley issues since we installed it. And I'm not one that falls for these things... but this works!
  • Judie Chaney Judie Chaney on Jan 26, 2017
    In my experience, my LG front loader had a small opening at the bottom front. I placed a shallow container underneath the opening, opened the little door and some stinky liquid ran out. Throw out the gunk, close the little door, and, wa la, problem solved. You can still dry out the door gasket which is pretty gunky too, but the trap door was the main problem. Give it a try. What do you have to loose?
  • Mgwouden Mgwouden on Jan 27, 2017
    Where can I get a new gasket for my LG washer? Or how do I clean it? It really looks bad.
    • Dee Dee on Jan 27, 2017
      Gaskets are expensive. You can try LG or go to Repair clinic.com.
      Take a cloth and soak it in bleach water. Pull the gasket back and start cleaning in between the two areas that are yucky. It takes some muscle work. After you get it clean, after each wash just wipe the gasket and the detergent dispenser dry. I spray my gasket with vinegar water, or bleach water after every 3-4 washes.