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How to Get the Mildew Smell Out of My Washing Machine

Hi Mamma's-

My frontloader washing machine really smells like mildew, and there is a little bit of mildew on the rubber lining. How do I the mold off and make my clothes smell good again. I've tried vinegar endlessly. I've tried scrubbing the rubber w/ a toobrush and have run just vinegar with hot water.

Thanks!

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Hi Everyone-

Thank you all so much for your incredible suggestions. This forum really is wonderful!! I ended up trying Affresh and it worked great! I was going to Lowes that day anyway so it really worked out. The package came with 3 disks and the directions said if you are having a problem to run 3 consecutive cycles, using a tablet each time. The first cycle I ran it still had the smell. THe second it had lessened and the third completely got rid of the odor!! I now am leaving the door open as well. I went out of town last week and a friend stayed here. When I came home I noticed the door was closed, which kinda bummed me out! When I opened it, there was no odor!!! Yaay! Thanks again all!!

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I get the same problem. I never let the door stay closed. I squeeze a wash cloth into the corner, by the hinge, to keep it from closing. Also, I spray Lysol (the aerosol kind) in it every time I finish a load. That keeps is clean. Good luck!

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I have front loaders too and I have a "cleaning" cycle that run about once a month with 1/2 bleach. Also, try to keep the door open to dry after you use it; airing it out will help reduce the mild loving environment.

Good luck!

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Affresh is made specifically for this issue. Our washer smelled bad but this totally cleaned it and now I use it regularly (once a month). You can buy it at Home Depot and I've bought it at Gelson's too. Highly recommend it. www.affresh.com

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Hello S.. My two "tried and true" laundry remedies are vinegar or ammonia. Since the vinegar isn't working, try an empty load with a little laundry detergent, and a full bleach tray of ammonia. If that doesn't work, I have no idea :( I bought one of those machines a year ago and haven't had that problem, and am NOT looking forward to it, so you'll have to let us know what works :)

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I haven't read other responces-but, this is what works for me----Sears sells a washing machine cleaner. Run it through the machine. AND never shut the door to the machine or the detergent slot unless you are running a load. Always leave them open. Those 2 things should solve your problem (I had the same thing happen to me)

A couple other things can help-empty the washing machine as soon as possible, and I run a load of towels w/ Pinesol every so often. I have no idea if it is HE, but, I don't do it often. I have had to periodically do the washing machine wash, maybe 2-3 times a year. Good luck.

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I have front loaders too and I have a "cleaning" cycle that run about once a month with 1/2 bleach. Also, try to keep the door open to dry after you use it; airing it out will help reduce the mild loving environment.

Good luck!

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Run a normal hot cycle in the washing machine (without clothes) and put bleach in the dispenser instead of soap. Some newer machines have a cleaning/sanitizing cycle on them. Use a toothbrush and bleach or a household cleaner with bleach in it to get rid of the mildew on the rubber gasket. Good luck!

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I get the same problem. I never let the door stay closed. I squeeze a wash cloth into the corner, by the hinge, to keep it from closing. Also, I spray Lysol (the aerosol kind) in it every time I finish a load. That keeps is clean. Good luck!

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Hi S. - I have the exact same problem with my front loader washing maching and it has been driving me crazy. I have tried to clean it several times. I was thinking it must be a huge design flaw. Please let me know if anyone has any good advice for you. I would love to hear.

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If your washing machine is like mine you should also have a small panell to the bottom left of the machine near the floor, which contain a small capped tube that needs to be pulled our and drained periodically. Water from the rubber rings seemes to drain off there. I have frequently had this problem especally after I have washes rugs, and like you I tried vinager and baking soda to clean away the mildew and abait the smell. You will notice the difference, also leave the door on the machine open after a wash

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