Clothes washer smells- what can I do??

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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Sep 25, 2017
    I had this problem after we moved. Turns out there was some mold forming in the drum/door so I thoroughly cleaned it with bleach a few times and left it open to dry from then on- good luck :)

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 25, 2017
    Run white vingear through a cycle

  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Sep 25, 2017
    Put Vinegar in the wash cycle and then use just a water cycle to rinse out the vinegar ....that should help ...also when you wash clothes you can put some vinegar in the rinse cycle and make your clothes smell so much fresher and softer .....I have the front loaders and I do this once every 2 -3 months .......never had my washer to smell .....

  • RBE RBE on Sep 25, 2017
    @Kathy, I agree with Hillela.......Also, as a side note - I always leave my washer door open to air out naturally, the only time I close the lid is to run the washer - I have never had issues with any type of odor. Good Luck!!

  • Dav29162198 Dav29162198 on Sep 25, 2017
    Technician told me to leave my washer open and to wash my whites that I use bleach on as final load. Odor is caused by build up in drain. My washer no longer has any odor.

  • Shannon Crews Shannon Crews on Sep 25, 2017
    running a bottle of simple green through a washing cycle with hot water can also help. Its a good ide to clean out your washer every 3-6 months depending on how often you use it. Also leaving it open after washing reduces your chances of mold build up.

  • Antonia Griffith Antonia Griffith on Sep 25, 2017
    I have a front load washer and was having odors and read to use powdered laundry soap instead of liquid and that solved the problem.

  • Ssn22254422 Ssn22254422 on Sep 25, 2017
    Ammonia really kills the cause of odors. Less than 5 dollars a bottle, doesn't cause discoloration if spilled. DO NOT mix with bleach. Bleach also kills the causes of odors but may take color out laundry that it accidentally touches. Run a cycle with just hot water and ammonia (1 cup) and wipe all the seals and lid with it full strength. smelsmel

  • User User on Sep 25, 2017
    Always leave the lid open.

  • Ssn22254422 Ssn22254422 on Sep 25, 2017
    Answer this Hometalker's questomel

  • Ssn22254422 Ssn22254422 on Sep 25, 2017
    Answer this Hometalker's question
    Sorry, computer problem. Little smelly, but super effective

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Sep 25, 2017
    if it is a front loader then you need to use a white vinegar to clean the rubber gasket on top and under the lip of it. When not in use, leave washer door open and some have a drain on them - you have to drain the water every month or so to keep the smell down -