Front Loading Washer Smells Bad

November 16, 2010

Close up of empty front load washing machine with the door openHow do I get rid of the odor coming from inside the front load washing machine?

By Doyle from Eugene, OR


Front Load Washer Smells Terrible


Add 1/2-1 cup of white vinegar along with your wash load. Vinegar is a great deodorizer. Repeat if necessary. (07/06/2010)

By Marjorie

Front Load Washer Smells Terrible

Just soak a washrag in vinegar and let it run a cycle. It should help. :) (07/06/2010)

By abrupt_silence

Front Load Washer Smells Terrible

Use powdered HE detergent, not liquid. After weeks of bleach, vinegar, Affresh, etc., etc. a repairman explained to me that some of these machines have a certain kind of plastic outer tub and drain system. The liquid detergent and liquid fabric softeners are petroleum based products, thus the musty smell. Once I switched to powdered detergent the smell went away. I do not use liquid fabric softener any more either. I had the same problem with our brand new walk-in shower. Body wash is not made of the same stuff soap is. We switched to liquid soap and bar soap and the musty smell from the drain went away! I also leave my washer door cracked open a wee bit, but even if I don't, no smell. (07/11/2010)


By syntoniser

Front Load Washer Smells Terrible

Every once in a while, my mother used to run a cycle with vinegar only and she said that kept it clean as it removes soap. However, I would do a cycle with baking soda, this is my multi-purpose item for cleaning and removing smells, whether in the sink, toilet, refrigerator, or washer. I regularly use it instead of bleach for my whites and they are so white. I use it so much that I buy the big bag from BJs. (07/12/2010)

By Dorothy

Front Load Washer Smells Terrible

I had this problem, then I learned to leave the door open a bit or all the way open and it worked to keep the mildew smell away. (09/09/2010)

By jane

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February 1, 2013

Front loading washers in particular can develop a musty odor. This is a page about how to remove and prevent musty smells in your front loading washing machine

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June 11, 2016

This is a page about rotten egg smell in a front load washer. A foul odor coming from your washer is not a pleasant situation.


Determining the source and cause are needed to eliminate the problem and prevent it from occurring in the future.

View from inside of a front load washing machine of a man holding his nose.

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July 6, 2010

I have a Maytag front loader washing machine. It really stinks inside like mildew. How can I get rid of the smell?

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February 16, 2010

How do you get the smell out of an older Maytag front loader washing machine?

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December 13, 2009

I have a Bosch front load washer that smells terrible. A friend researched this and claims that it is from the "fish oils" in the liquid detergent. Has anyone ever heard of this?

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September 25, 2009

I made a large batch of liquid laundry detergent. I have a front loading washing machine (which I love). My problem is when I go to remove the clothes, if it isn't the second it stops, they begin to get a foul odor.

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