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So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 24, 2017 02:36PM
Its a front load Kenmore, about 5-7 years old...

We leave the door open or ajar when we remember, which is pretty often. The rubber ring has some green mold on it, but not a lot. We have tried to clean it, but not all of it comes off. Regardless, not every much.

We have run some of the "washing machine cleaner" blobs thru it, but nothing.

Wife talked to the repair guy about replacing the rubber ring, but he said it prob wouldnt help, that we would need a new drum. But not the best $$ option. And apparently he had a list of brands that dont have the issue?

Full drum replace? New washer? Thoughts?



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: August 24, 2017 02:42PM
Huh, never heard the new drum excuse. I occasionally spray the rubber gasket with a Lime-A-Way type de-lime and mold killer, then run any of the cleaners made for that as you mentioned in the post. That has always taken care of it for me.

Is the repair guy saying that water leaks out around the drum somewhere and it is sitting under the drum until it gets scummy?

Sorry, no other ides right now.

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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 24, 2017 02:52PM
....try for mildon'ty.....???



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 24, 2017 02:53PM
This is my mother in law's solution from the 1950's that we still follow....

1 -Using a scrub brush and a small pail of hot water and mild soap and bleach, scrub the inside and outside of the gasket. Yes, you will get bleach water on your clothes. have a fan stationed to ventilate into the washer so you don't choke yourself. ventilate the room as well.

2 -Run a cup of bleach and hot water into it on a cleaning cycle. take the opportunity to wash the heck out of a pair of nice thick white towels if you have them... having fabric in there helps scrub stuff.

3- Leave it open with a fan blowing into it for a day (ventilate the room, because the bleach smell is gonna be heavy duty).

Repeat every few years.
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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 24, 2017 02:57PM
....when they built it.......they probably broke the.....mold.....



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 24, 2017 02:58PM
Here's what I'd do...

Replace the rubber seal.
Run 3 wash cycles with some old towels or something you don't care about with a LOT of bleach AND Oxy-clean.
Open the door, and run a fan directed into the washer until everything is stone-cold DRY DRY DRY.

Then, don't just leave the door open "when you remember"... you MUST leave it open WITHOUT FAIL, every single time.

Otherwise, green slime and mold smell. Guaranteed.

Hope this is enough to do it for you.



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 24, 2017 03:00PM
For all the headaches involved with frontload washers, especially with the higher cost - explain to me again why they are sooooo-much better than a topload?



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: August 24, 2017 03:06PM
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Then, don't just leave the door open "when you remember"... you MUST leave it open WITHOUT FAIL, every single time. Otherwise, green slime and mold smell. Guaranteed.

Yup; this. I don't have a front loader (decided to forgo them years ago) but I've heard this complaint from most who have them, especially if they live in humid areas or their W/D setup is in an enclosed (poorly ventilated) room.

FWIW, I have a top-loader and I still always leave the lid up. It helps that it has a self-cleaning cycle as well (you run it every x number of washes (it tells you)).



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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 24, 2017 03:07PM
....what about bottom.......loaders....??



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: billb
Date: August 24, 2017 03:14PM
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For all the headaches involved with frontload washers, especially with the higher cost - explain to me again why they are sooooo-much better than a topload?

They use less water/detergent and don't shred your clothes.
We have the notorious Maytag stinker and leaving the door open alll the time it is not being used solved the problem. The light eventually burned out but that's OK.


A 1/2 teaspoon of TSP every now and then.
If you just can't learn something as simple as leaving the door open.
( not the phosphate free TSP )
Add clothes to take advantage of the cleaning power of phosphate.



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Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 24, 2017 03:17PM
Sometimes clothes don't smell very fresh after a wash, but I always took that to mean I didn't use enough soap. Never had an issue with mold smell in the washing machine. Is this a regional thing?
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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 24, 2017 03:19PM
Does it have a rinse filter that you need to clean? Usually down by one of the front feet.



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 24, 2017 03:21PM
In the summer, not taking them out right away can sometimes cause a moldy smell.
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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 24, 2017 03:23PM
At a minimum, wash your bed sheets and bath linens using chlorine bleach. Done every time, your mildew problem will go away in short order. If you want to speed up the process, run a load of towels with double the recommended amount of bleach and use hot water.

Nobody in my house uses bleach. Except me: I use bleach when I wash my clothes, bed sheets and bath linen. Everytime. I use the recommended amount. We also leave the door open. Never a problem with odors, etc. And the bleach does not wear anything out noticeably faster than it would otherwise.



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 24, 2017 03:44PM
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For all the headaches involved with frontload washers, especially with the higher cost - explain to me again why they are sooooo-much better than a topload?

Stacking...





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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: dk62
Date: August 24, 2017 03:50PM
Would running it with vinegar help?
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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 24, 2017 03:53PM
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Would running it with vinegar help?

Probably better than bleach, come to think of it...
Run it with a quart of white vinegar, AND bleach!



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Posted by: DinerDave
Date: August 24, 2017 03:57PM
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For all the headaches involved with frontload washers, especially with the higher cost - explain to me again why they are sooooo-much better than a topload?

They use less water/detergent and don't shred your clothes.
We have the notorious Maytag stinker and leaving the door open alll the time it is not being used solved the problem

I agree completely with billb.

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Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: August 24, 2017 04:23PM
Try a load using less detergent than you'd normally use and see what results you get.
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Posted by: PeterW
Date: August 24, 2017 04:45PM
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Paul F.
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Ombligo
For all the headaches involved with frontload washers, especially with the higher cost - explain to me again why they are sooooo-much better than a topload?

Stacking...


How high off the ground are the controls on the top unit?
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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 24, 2017 04:48PM
......wowzer.....stacked like a brick house......



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: August 24, 2017 05:47PM
We do pretty much what belty's M-I-L does.
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Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 24, 2017 06:00PM
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How high off the ground are the controls on the top unit?

Not as high as they look... at least, mine aren't. Take up WAY less space than side by side.



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Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 24, 2017 06:02PM
Does your model have a drain on the front? My LG has a drain and a drain filter that I'm supposed to drain and clean every month. I bought it used and the previous owners apparently never did this. I suspect many other people don't know about this either. I had to take it apart to get the dirt out of the drain hose. Been working fine since then.



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Re: So our washer is making our clothes smell mildewy. options?
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 24, 2017 06:53PM
thanks all.

Yeah, the drum thing sounds bogus to me, thats why I posted.

Id say our door stays open 95% of the time -- problem is that when its open you cant pass it to get to the rest of the laundry room, so it gets closed inadvertanly.

Its only some of the clothes that seem to get the stink, so wondering if its a random thing. I have a few t-shirts that smell bad, and wife has some new jeans that got it, so that prompted the questions to the repair guy.

We dont actually use soap all the time, many times we use oxyclean. Wife uses the pods, so not too much soap.

Will look into the other options.



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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 24, 2017 06:55PM
.....perhaps it's the clothes......making the washer smelly....???



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Posted by: GuyGene
Date: August 24, 2017 07:25PM
NEVER close door, top or front. Done.



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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 24, 2017 09:09PM
........if you want a dew right. All days woman. You've gotta be a dew right. All night man......



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Posted by: JoeH
Date: August 25, 2017 12:17AM
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We dont actually use soap all the time, many times we use oxyclean. Wife uses the pods, so not too much soap.

You should use detergent with the oxyclean, by itself it will leave behind residue and dirt in the cloth. It may make the clothes look clean by removing the color from stains, but that does not remove some stuff that will cause odors.
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Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 25, 2017 03:56AM
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Run it with a quart of white vinegar, AND bleach!

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Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: August 25, 2017 09:02AM
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For all the headaches involved with frontload washers, especially with the higher cost - explain to me again why they are sooooo-much better than a topload?

They use less water/detergent and don't shred your clothes.
We have the notorious Maytag stinker and leaving the door open alll the time it is not being used solved the problem

I agree completely with billb.

Dave

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Posted by: JPK
Date: August 25, 2017 09:19AM
We have one of those class action front load Whirlpool ones where mold grows on the rubber seal faster than paycheck.

We leave the door open. It does help.

I have replaced the seal, it was about $75 and a couple hours on a saturday.

About once a month I run a cycle of bleach and then a cycle of Simple Green Pro 5 [www.amazon.com]

I use this stuff for my kid's hockey gear. It is strong stuff, hospital/industrial grade.

Then a run a couple of extra cycles of just water to make sure all is cleaned out.

I think it helps.

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Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 25, 2017 11:45AM
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REALLY bad advice: [www.greenfootsteps.com]

Pffft... pansies are worried about a little chlorine gas... I cough in their general direction!



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Posted by: raz
Date: August 25, 2017 02:45PM
The Wife insisted we get a front loader, and it was nothing but trouble. I blame the parts that fell off on Whirlpool, but the mildew was common to all models.

Fortunately, she agreed to a high-efficiency top loader when the warranty expired a month before the last breakdown.

Still, with all the recommendations to run 3-4 extra loads a month, I'm not sure where the water and energy savings are coming from.



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Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 25, 2017 03:55PM
Bleach is the most effective mold/mildew killer--that isn't toxic in concentrations normally used in the household.



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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 25, 2017 04:45PM
.....you smelt it.....you dealt it.....



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