How to get a moldy smell out of the washer and dryer ?


Every time I do laundry my towels have a faint smell of mold and I don’t think it’s the washer I believe it the dryer and I do use softener

 6 answers
  • Oliva Oliva on Oct 21, 2018

    Fabric softener can cause a film on your dryer drum and washer. Wash them out using a microfiber cloth and safe cleaner, rinse and wipe dry. Run your washer through a cycle, using only distilled white vinegar.

    Instead of commercial fabric softeners, purchase 6 felted wool dryer balls. They will make your laundry as soft as fabric softener, without worrying about your machines developing a smell. Be advised that when using new felted wool balls, it's best to wash them in hot water then dry on high heat. They will soften articles more with subsequent usage.

  • Pat Pat on Oct 21, 2018

    How far does your dryer vent run before it goes outside? If it’s a ridiculously long distance like mine, you probably need to get it professionally cleaned out every 2 or 3 years like I do.

    (I think someone was under the influence when they designed my house! The exhaust from the dryer has to pass thru 2 right angles to get down into the 20 foot long venting that’s in the concrete slab — and then another right angle going straight up to get to the outside world.)

    • Alisa Lyles Alisa Lyles on Oct 21, 2018

      I am so feel for you !!! But no it’s a very short distance maybe a couple of feet if that. I have read to soak towels in water and vinegar squeeze as much out then put the towels in the dryer and run and to do that a few time if needed and now that I want to try it I can’t seem to find it on the site I reader it on, so any ideas ?

  • Pat Pat on Oct 21, 2018

    Do you leave the door open on your washer between loads and after you are done washing? That allows the washer to dry completely preventing mold from getting under the rubber gasket. My front load washer has a clean cycle on it and says to use a cup of cloryx in the dispenser tray and run an empty odor and only have to do it every two months or so. Have not had any problems with my dryer smelling like mold.

    • Alisa Lyles Alisa Lyles on Oct 21, 2018

      Yes we leave door open between loads on our top load washer which also does have a clean cycle on it and I do clean the washer with vinegar or bleach periodically, I really believe that the smell is coming from the dryer only cause the clothing item that does not get dried don’t smell

  • Pat Pat on Nov 14, 2018

    Have you tried dryer sheets?

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Nov 15, 2018

    Clean inside the lint trap area(pull out lint trap and use dryer cleaning lint brush) and the dryer hose that runs to outside take the clamps off and clean it out(you should do this regularly anyway can cause fires). fabric softener causes more lint to get stuck and it may be musty smelling.I use vinegar in the rinse cup for laundry it's a natural softener maybe you could wash some towels like this and put them in dryer and see if they smell when they are dry. I also quit using fabric softener because of the build up in dryer. I use Woolies dryer balls they help with static from lanolin in wool and I put real essential oil on them if I want scented laundry like lavender in my bedding.Leave your dryer door open like washer

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 15, 2018


    Have you cleaned the dryer drum? Better Homes and Gardens and Angie's List websites have articles addressing how fabric softeners can cause a film build up on dryer drum and in some cases impede dryer efficiency/operation.