Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

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Hot2na
Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

We've managed to quiet down the front loader LG Wash Machine, but now have a different issue. Front loader odor. Mildew. It just will not go away and the rubber gasket never dries out. Water pools in there, and it definitely stinks like mildew. 

I have also noticed that hair, lint, and various little 'floaty' things accumulate in the gasket as well. The gasket has folds in it, so it's pretty much impossible to get it all clean and dry, even if you try to wipe it out.

I've ran an empty wash/rinse cycle with bleach. Still smelled afterward. Even used baking soda. Also a dryer sheet that smelled good. Did not work.

I found a product by Whirlpool that is for HE machines and is called Affresh. Anyone use it? 

Do you have a front loading machine with an odor?

 

 

   

mismoboy
Re: Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

Yes, I have some experience with this. First, you'll need to be using HE Soap. Then about after every four or five washes, run a new wash cycle on hot water setting and put in some bleach. This will cycle the washer with new water filled with bleach to kill the smell (the water that you said is sitting in there now). There will always be water left in the machine, so you must always do this to avoid mildew and stinky water. I would do it twice in your case since I don't know how many washed you have done already.

Think Green.

Hot2na
Re: Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

hmm. i only use HE detergent. the bleach approach has not been successful. i did not have this problem in my other home and some how was wondering if it is tied to having well water. but i am sure it his coincidental. so,  what i do now is wipe the inside completely dry after i am done doing laundry, and then leave the door open until next use. that, i am hoping, will be a start to maintaining a clean smell....once i get rid of the 'mildew' stench. oh -- and i have to 'think green' because i am on a septic system as well.

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LadyCerridwen48
Re: Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

Get a bucket of Damp Rid and leave it in there while you're not using the machine, it should help some.

 

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Anonymous Visitor
Re: Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

A few years back we purchased a Maytag Neptune frontloader and noticed a "rotten water" smell after a few weeks. It turns out that due to a defective design, the water never fully drained out of the front rubber-lip and it would stagnate. After about 2 years and a class-action lawsuit, Maytag came out and repaired it by replacing half of it with newly designed chassis parts.

Hot2na
Re: Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

so they replaced the rubber gasket that is inside? did that totally fix it? no more odor?

 

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Anonymous Visitor
Re: Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

Not only the gasket, but many other parts in there also. By the time the repairman was finished, half of the washer had been replaced.

MyOwnGirl
Re: Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

I have the same problem! I hate it! But I've gotten a few ideas from this post.

tlp95
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2na! I have the same problem with my front loader. The repair man that came to fix my machine when I thought it was broke once (boy that is an interesting story...lol) said if you run it through with white vinegar and no clothes of course every so often it should help. However this seems to be a problem with alot of front loaders as I've read different message boards and everyone has the same problems. He also said to leave the door open when there is no clothes in there to help dry out the gasket.

I wish it was SUMMER!


 

Hot2na
Re: Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

i went a head and ordered a box of the Affresh for $6.00 and whirlpool has a program where as they mail you a next 'use' supply continually - - free shipping! not a bad deal if it actually works. i'll let you know when it arrives.

and i'm glad your front loader has an odor too!  j/k i need to know someone else on the east coast feels my pain! *i still think it is well water related. i have to say that quietly, chemical engineer husband freaks out when he hears me say that*

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LadyCerridwen48
Re: Front Loading Washing Machine Odor

I'm sure it has a lot more to do with the humidity in the air that you aren't used to than it does well water.  We're at 43% right now, and it's relatively dry.  You're used to 12% or so.  Things just don't dry as thoroughly in this area.  I'd look into a dehumidifier for the room the washer is in.

 

"Everybody's going nowhere slowly, they're only fighting for the chance to be last.  There's nothing wrong with going nowhere, baby, but we should be going nowhere fast"

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