Musty smell in washer


need recipe for using baking soda/white vinegar to rid musty smell in washer

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  • Annie Annie on Jun 01, 2020

    Hi Gladys, Here a vid that should help you out

  • I used an entire box of baking soda in our washer recently, and it worked really well.

  • Janice Janice on Jun 01, 2020

    Hello Gladys, whether you have a front loading or top loading washer, these tips should help!

  • Em Em on Jun 01, 2020

    Add two cups of white cleaning vinegar to detergent dispenser. Run it through a complete cycle. Run another cycle on the highest level and at the hottest water temperature, this time adding one-half cup of baking soda to the drum. When cycle is done, wipe inside drum of washer with a damp microfiber cloth

  • Here are what other Hometalkers have done:

    I do not have a "recipe" - I just wipe the interior down with plain white vinegar (I live alone and do not have grimy stink laundry, if a family wou would need to use "cleaning vinegar"), then run an empty load with vinegar in the rinse cup filled with vinegar and a cup of baking soda in the washer after the tub starts to fill with water. In addition, I use vinegar in the rinse cup instead of fabric softener, about a 1/4 cup baking soda in every load. Just picked up a 15 lb bag at Sam's Club the other day for $7. Lasts me about 6 months. 2 gallons of white vinegar are $3.49.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 01, 2020

    I have a front load washer and I love it. One thing I always do is empty it of wet clothes when the cycle finishes. Then I leave the door open between loads so it airs out. About once a week I wipe the gaskets down, since dirt and moisture can get trapped inside. I don't use bleach, but Oxiclean with a load seems to be helpful in keeping it fresh. Adding a cup of vinegar once in awhile is useful, too, especially washing towels! Good luck and stay safe!

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    • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 01, 2020

      You're welcome! When they are available, I use Lysol wipes for a quick cleanup. But a microfiber cloth with vinegar also works. Check in your manual (or online) and see if the manufacturer suggests cleaning filters or draining excess water that is specific to your model (I forgot to mention that before).

  • I run an empty load using only vinegar in the detergent section on occasion, but if it is a front loader, you do need to prop the door open between washings.

  • Hi Gladys - This is a great step-by step article on how to clean your washing machine and get the stinky smells out - regardless of whether it's HE, top or front loading. Hope this helps and happy laundry day! Hugs, Holly

    PS - We have a FREE eBook with recipes for all of my homemade and all-natural cleaners. You can download it here -->