Solvent Odor In Washing Machine

I have a Whirlpool Duet Washer. About a month ago, I accidentally washed a cloth soaked with a gun-cleaning solvent. Since that time, after many loads of wash and attempts to get rid of the smell - it persists both in the machine itself and usually in the clothes as well. Even going on vacation for a week and leaving the door open to air out didn't help.


I would greatly appreciate any advice or ideas anyone may have to solve this problem. Thanks!

Andy from TX

July 27, 20070 found this helpful

Try running a cycle of strong vinegar water in the washer. Vinegar is a natural cleaner and will take even gasoline odor off your hands.

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Mix vinegar and baking soda, and run the machine full cycle. First put three tablespoons of baking soda in the machine. Then add 1/2 cup baking soda.

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

If odor lingers after the vinegar try using Lemon KOOL-AID. The regular not the sugar sweetened. Takes smells out like magic in the dishwasher too.

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