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.


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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November 21, 2011 Flag

My high efficiency washer was serviced recently, and the tech gave me some tips to reduce the smell in my washer that I would like to share.

First, he suggested that I make sure that the drain pipe isn't resting on the bottom of the drain. It should make a gurgling sound when the washer drains. He attached the drain pipe to the water hose with a zip tie so that it will always be in the correct position. He said that if the drain pipe is resting on the bottom of the drain, the dirty water is sucked back into the washer.

Second, he suggested that I run the washer once a month with the hottest water and a tablet of dishwasher detergent. At the same time, run a small capful of dishwasher gel in the gasket to get out the gunk trapped there. I have done this once and it has made a difference already.

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April 20, 2010 Flag

Is your washing machine smelly? Have you tried everything to get rid of the smell, yet it still hangs on? Try switching from liquid washing soap to powder laundry soap. Should sort it out in a couple of washes! I discovered when I switched to powder.

By Gooby from Straughn, IN

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