Getting Rid of Washing Machine Odor

Any tips for ridding a washing machine of a foul odor would be helpful.

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March 17, 20120 found this helpful
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For me switching to powdered HE detergent got rid of the smell in my new front loading washer. And no more liquid fabric softener either. A repairman told me the liquids are petroleum based and they cling to the outer plastic drum causing smells. It is hard to find powdered, but using so little it goes a long way. Most people think more is better and use way too much detergent.

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March 17, 20120 found this helpful
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Last year I bought a front loader washer and dryer. It wasn't long before my washer started smelling. Rather than buy the stuff they advertise to clean your washer, I just leave the door open for a couple hours (or longer) to let it completely dry out inside.

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Just inside the door is a large rubber ring. My guess is that the rubber is causing the smell. Anyway, as long as I let it dry out thoroughly, I don't have that problem anymore.

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January 25, 20170 found this helpful

I had a musty smell with my top load washer so I sprayed the whole inside with Febreze, let it dry, and no more smell.

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March 18, 20120 found this helpful
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Everything suggested did not work for my machine, but someone mentioned using less detergent so I cut back to 1 1/2 teaspoon - way less then what I had been using. The clothes get just as clean and no more odor. I even accidentally purchased soap that was not HE so I mixed it half and half with the HE and cannot tell the difference. I do not have grubby work clothes or little children but do have soft water so I guess you would need to experiment? I had previously switched from liquid fabric softener to dry sheets, which did help some.

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March 16, 20120 found this helpful

Create a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. It will foam all over. Let the water rise and then pour this into the machine. Let it run the full cycle. This should get rid of the odor.

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For more information read: How to Remove Odor From a Washing Machine | eHow.com www.ehow.com/how_2044807_remove-odor-from-washing...

Blessings, Robyn

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March 18, 20120 found this helpful

I put small water drainage plugs in a couple of spots in the rubber ring and just leave the door open. I drain and clean out the machine about every 4-6 weeks. Vinegar is great.

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December 3, 20170 found this helpful

Try running an empty cycle using vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil

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