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Frequently musty odors are associated with front loading washers, however a top loading model can also develop a musty smell. This is a guide about top loading washer smells musty.
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June 24, 20110 found this helpful

I have a top loader washing machine that I purchased that is a terrible design. It is almost new, but it has this horrible smell of mold. I have tried everything I know to get rid of it. I was hoping someone could help me. I have tried bleach and baking soda. Neither worked and my clothes smell awful. I would appreciate any advice you could give me.

If I didn't think it would be inappropriate I would indicate what brand of washer and dryer and encourage people not to purchase this set. The dryer has a terrible lint screen that is so hard to get the total lint out of it so I have problems with it also. Thanks everyone.

By MLS

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June 25, 20110 found this helpful
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I got a new top loading HE washer machine in November. It came with a sample of Affresh. It's a big tablet that you put into the empty machine, and you run the washer on a particular setting (mine has a special setting for the cleaner, but the instructions say what setting to use if you don't have the special one). It is supposed to stop odor in washer machines. The packaging recommends using it once a month.

I haven't used it that often, but I haven't noticed any odor, either. I just make sure I empty the washer quickly after the load is finished. I did read somewhere that using too much detergent or any fabric softener in an HE machine will make odors worse. I never use fabric softener (I use vinegar, instead). I don't know if the Affresh would help in your situation, but it might be worth a shot.

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June 25, 20110 found this helpful
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We had a washer with a filter hidden under the softener dispenser in the agitator. It started to make our clothes smell terrible. When I searched for the source I found the filter caked full. I cleaned it out and kept it clean and we didn't have the problem again. Maybe yours has the same feature, you got to the filter by pulling hard on the dispenser.

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June 25, 20110 found this helpful
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Be sure to leave the lid open on your washer so that it dries out inside. Don't close the lid right after doing laundry--all that moisture won't evaporate and mold can grow.

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June 28, 20110 found this helpful
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My mom used to run a cycle in the washing machine with just vinegar. She said it cleaned everything out. For the dryer lint, I use an old toothbrush to grab any lint I can't reach. Works great!

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June 25, 20110 found this helpful

I'd put it through a Rinse cycle with about 1 quart of vinegar; that should clear any smell and odor (vinegar is antiseptic and antibiotic, as well as ridding any built up soap)

I too have a new Samsung Washer & Dryer, the Dryer's lint filter-screen is the worst I've seen, the owner's manual 'recommends' to remove the duct and blow it out regularly? When I clean the filter-screen before each drying, there's almost as much lint that bypassed the filter as on the filter-screen. My recommendation: buy the Maintenance Contract because the new models are CR*P!

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

You should put in the brand as that will help people respond to your problem. If you put in the name and then said something bad about them, that would be a different story. As far as odor if there is a rubber seal around the door check and see if there are folds that are collecting gunk or mold. I took an old washcloth and wiped mine out as it got slimey and stinky, also the place I bought mine out told me to put in dishwasher powdered soap and (something else I can't remember right now) and run in through a wash cycle. That helped control the smell but I found out wiping the seal and leaving the door open after until it dries works much better.

Also local water can make a smell worse, our "city" water doesn't cause as much as the well water people report, lots of sulfur here. As far as the dryer I disassemble the slot it goes into to get all the extra lint out once a month. I was shocked how much collected over 3 years, never again as that can cause a dryer fire! Good luck and if I find out what the other product was for the cleaning I'll post it. Linda in PA.

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

My previous post about washer smelling was about a front loader. I misread the question and overlooked top loader. Oops, but I would still contact the manufacturer or local store that handles the brand and ask them. Our local store is very helpful and they help people that didn't even buy things there, hoping you'll remember them when the time comes. Good luck as the dryer info is good for everyone! Sorry.

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June 28, 20110 found this helpful

If it's fairly new, I would call the company and tell them your problem. Perhaps they can recommend a solution. Also, I don't think it's wrong to post names of products that you're having a problem with. It will help others know to do extra research before buying that particular brand/model.

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June 28, 20111 found this helpful

I run an empty load with bleach or vinegar and that takes away the bad smell. For the lint trap, we clean ours out after ever single load and once a month, I hand wash the screen with Dawn to remove the oil buildup from the fabric softener. I hope that helps you.

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December 24, 2010

My top loading washer has a very musty smell. How do I get rid of it?

By Betty from FL

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December 24, 20100 found this helpful
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Try putting the washer through an entire cycle using the settings for hot water and a small load. Use your regular detergent and add a cup of white vinegar to the water when the rinse begins. When the cycle is complete, leave the lid to the washer up so the inside can air dry. I always leave the lid up and air dry the inside of my washer when I am finished with a load. Hope this helps.

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December 26, 20100 found this helpful

In every load I wash I add vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser. No only do I never have a smell but the vinegar acts as a fabric softener and the vinegar gets rid of the soap buildup in the washing machine.

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December 27, 20100 found this helpful

Hi Betty, Leave the top open on your washer for a few hours after your last wash and you won't have the odor.

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