Prevent a Smelly Washer With Powdered Dishwasher Detergent

I have a great tip for making a smelly clothes washer smell fresh and clean, given to me by a Maytag repairman. Simply run dishwasher detergent powder, not liquid, through your machine with no clothing in it, about once or twice a month.

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It works and it is cheaper than the specialized products that do the same thing. Use the same amount you would use of laundry detergent for your particular machine.

Source: Maytag repairman

By Diane H. from Louisville, TN

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful

Your title says Prevent a Smelly Washer With Powdered LAUNDRY Detergent but then you say use DISHWASHER detergent powder. So which should we do?

<p><b>Editor's Note:</b> Either can be used but this tip is suggesting Dishwasher Detergent. We have fixed the title to be more clear.

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

What a great tip and it uses something that most of us always have on hand! Thanks for a winner! Trish

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

This is the best tip yet! Using dish washing detergent to clean the washing machine...who would have thought? Thanks, Anne Michelle

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

This tip is true. I hate to waste water so I run my scatter rugs when my washer needs this.

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July 17, 20160 found this helpful

Switching to powdered HE detergent solved the odor problem in our LF front loader. Might have reduced the aount of detergent as well.

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