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Laundry Odor from HE Washer?

I have an HE LG washer and dryer. About a year ago, my laundry started smelling like vomit. Only way I can describe. We have well water, a softener, and a conditioner that removes the sulphur odor, too.

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I use various kinds of detergent, some with "oxy" power, and fabric softener, usually Gain. Sometimes, I use baking soda booster for my whites and towels. But now I've tried vinegar in the rinse, and lately Lysol or Clorox laundry bacteria killer because some friends suggested I've overused detergent and/or fabric softener and I may have buildup on my clothes from that, which in turn can cause bacteria growth.

I just can't get my laundry to smell clean anymore. and yes, sometimes still like vomit, only after they've been dried, not fresh out of the washer. They smell fine out of the washer when wet.

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I had a similar problem when we first got our HE washer. The clothes would smell fine until I got them through the dryer. I tried many fixes but the solution for me was to switch to powdered laundry detergent. My understanding was that the excess liquid detergent gets trapped in the washer and causes mildew problems. The powdered detergent washes out better.

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It is also cheaper. I get the large tub at Costco and it will last me for months.

I believe there is a product that is used to clean out HE washing machines, like Affresh or Smelly Washer. I might try using that before switching over. And you could see if there is a reservoir somewhere in your washer that needs to be emptied. Look for the user's manual for your specific LG washer which should give you directions for emptying.

Good luck!

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Thank you!!

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Normally when this happens there is a problem in the washing machine called Butyric Acid. This can stay in your clothes and when dried will give you the smell you are talking about. There are a few things you can try. If you can get to the back or the pump on the machine try cleaning this one out.

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Now do a boil wash on the machine that only uses a bottle of vinegar and the hottest water you can to run through the washing machine.

If you are having an issue with the pump and to get this cleaned out a box of bicarb should do the trick on this one. You will give it a hot wash with the box of bicarb to flush out and clean out the machine.

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There are are some tips you can try to resolve. - 1. Run empty cycle on hottest setting. - 2. clean seals & interior . 3. Clean out Detergent drawer. 4. unclog filter . 5. Hand wash those special fabrics. There are also special cleaners for your HE machine to flush out smell and clean your machine, you could also run HE Bleach through your machine, if not wanting to use other chemicals - www.cleanipedia.com/.../help-my-washing-machine-smells-like....

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Thank you!

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December 1, 20200 found this helpful

I don't know if it's related but we clean the drain pump.

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