Blog – Smelly Washer https://smellywasher.com Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:24:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Clothing Stench Control https://smellywasher.com/clothing-stench-control/ Fri, 05 May 2017 13:55:04 +0000 https://smellywasher.com/?p=4597 Yoga, hockey, football, basketball and other sport clothing often retain odor from workouts and this stale sweat odor can easily be noticed by others.  Save yourself the embarrassment of sweaty body odor and other bad smells. Smelly Towel Cleaner was created as a solution for this problem and works so well it was voted the best […]

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Yoga, hockey, football, basketball and other sport clothing often retain odor from workouts and this stale sweat odor can easily be noticed by others.  Save yourself the embarrassment of sweaty body odor and other bad smells.

Smelly Towel Cleaner was created as a solution for this problem and works so well it was voted the best sport clothes cleaner by NCW EcoAwards for 2016.   The all natural formula is perfect for removing any odor from any clothing and maintaining your washer freshness while using the machine.

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How to Use Smelly Washer Cleaner https://smellywasher.com/use-smelly-washer-cleaner/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:54:10 +0000 http://smellywasher.com/?p=2920 Almost all users are able to easily remove odor by adding 1 level cap (1 tbsp) to a hot setting and completing the cycle.  Add through any detergent dispenser or directly into the tub.  Pause to soak for more extreme cases.  Use with or without detergent.  Use with or without laundry.  Just a monthly teaspoon […]

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Almost all users are able to easily remove odor by adding 1 level cap (1 tbsp) to a hot setting and completing the cycle.  Add through any detergent dispenser or directly into the tub.  Pause to soak for more extreme cases.  Use with or without detergent.  Use with or without laundry.  Just a monthly teaspoon will keep your appliances and laundry clean.  1 bottle is will last up to a full year and makes a great gift

  • For persistent or returning odor add a level cap (1 tbsp) of Smelly Washer to a full load of laundry with or without detergent.  The added bulk of the laundry will raise the water level to include the splash area just above the normal waterline where suds and soiled water build up and don’t get rinsed out.
  •  If there is still an odor repeat the procedure. Keep in mind, depending on the age of the unit and past washing habits, the buildup of odor-causing residue can get quite thick.  Prolonged soaking (even overnight) makes a world of difference in giving any cleaner time to dissolve the mess deep inside the washing machine and will cure an especially severe case.  If no soak cycle is available push “pause” once to allow a soak.
  • To clean your dishwasher:  Split a level cap full of Smelly Washer Cleaner between the two soap dispensers and the floor of the unit.  Compete a hot cycle.  Stop mid-cycle for prolonged soaking of extreme odor.
  • To clean a door gasket on a front load washer: Mix just a teaspoon to a tablespoon of Smelly Washer Cleaner in a spray bottle with hot water and spray the affected areas liberally with the solution. Allow it to soak and clean.   Mold stains impregnated into the rubber or plastic may take repeated applications and/or vigorous scrubbing to remove.

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Washing Machine Odor Solution https://smellywasher.com/washing-machine-odor-solution/ Sun, 06 Dec 2015 17:56:24 +0000 http://smellywasher.com/?p=1656 The Problem: 2000:  The rise in popularity of the HE washing machine at the turn of this century combined with the removal of phosphates from laundry and dishwasher detergents creates  the “perfect storm” for mold and bacteria to thrive in washers. Bleach had been the most commonly used laundry cleaner since the early 1900’s but was no longer sufficient to […]

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The Problem:

2000:  The rise in popularity of the HE washing machine at the turn of this century combined with the removal of phosphates from laundry and dishwasher detergents creates  the “perfect storm” for mold and bacteria to thrive in washers.

  • Bleach had been the most commonly used laundry cleaner since the early 1900’s but was no longer sufficient to control odor.
  • Even the small percentage of machines with the odor problem amounted to hundreds of thousands of irate customers.

2005:  Manufacturers attempt impregnating silver into tubs, and even ultraviolet lighting in futile efforts to control growth of mold.

  • Mold and bacteria worsens and transfers odor to laundry and in more extreme cases the odor permeates the whole house.

2010:    Lawyers begin targeting washing machine manufacturers with class action lawsuits.

The Solutions:

2005:  Leaving the door open becomes the standard advice to remove odor by removing stale air but does not remove the cause.

  • We created all natural  Smelly Washer Cleaner to remove odor-causing residue from your washing machine, dishwasher and laundry.

2010:  Manufacturers add a cleaning cycle to their washers and joins the competition with a cleaner they produce.

  • cottage industry of washer cleaners now producing over a billion dollars a year to fix the worldwide problem.
  • Other corporations jump on the soapbox by marketing aftermarket fans  and even clips to hold the door ajar to lessen odor.

  2015:  Since we created the first washing machine cleaner in 2005 we at Smelly Washer Inc. have always contended the best way to clean any washer is to use a cleaner that can be used with laundry and after odor is removed to change washing habits that cause odor.

  • The added bulk of the laundry will raise the water level to clean the entire tub where cleaning cycles can’t reach. 
  • Leaving the door open does nothing to remove the cause and cleaning cycles are a waste of time, energy and water.

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Fix a leaking dishwasher https://smellywasher.com/fix-leaking-dishwasher/ Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:12:33 +0000 http://smellywasher.com/?p=814 Dishwasher leaks  can cause major damage to floors.  If your unit leaks sometimes you are able to fix it yourself.  Unplug the unit before doing any repairs. Main causes for dishwasher leaks: 1.  Dishwasher door gaskets surround the top and the sides of the unit but not the bottom.  Too much detergent, especially liquid detergents, […]

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Dishwasher leaks  can cause major damage to floors.  If your unit leaks sometimes you are able to fix it yourself.  Unplug the unit before doing any repairs.

Main causes for dishwasher leaks:

1.  Dishwasher door gaskets surround the top and the sides of the unit but not the bottom.  Too much detergent, especially liquid detergents, results in excessive suds and the suds are knocked over the front of the unit by the wave action of the spraying water.  The suds then break down to look like water leaking resulting in leaking from the corners of the door.

a. Use no more than a tablespoon of detergent split between both dispensers and the floor of the unit.  All wash cycles will then get a dose of soap for better results.

b.  Powder detergents are less prone to cause excessive suds.

2.  Dishwasher gaskets can cause leaks also.  A cut or tear in the gasket can result in water dripping down.

a.  To track down a leak dry the area on both sides of the door then run the unit to see if you can find water tracks.

b.  If the fill valve is leaking at the connection connections can be tightened.  Do not overtighten!  You do not  need to remove the dishwasher from under the counter to change the fill valve.   www.repairclinic.com can give part numbers and help with appliance repair with videos.  Youtube is another valuable source.

3.  Door latches can sometimes become loose.  Angles can be stretched out.  The cabinet mounting screws will have to be removed to slide the unit out just a couple of inches to remove the door latch from the top of the unit.  Many times a pair of needle-nosed pliers is all that’s needed to change the angle of the spring steel latch.

4.  Gaskets on the pump, water inlets and dispensers can sometimes leak.  Mechanical aptitude is necessary to fix something that extensive so a call for service may be advised.  If attempting appliance repair USE EXTREME CAUTION.  It’s easy to cut yourself on edges of stainless steel tubs!

5.  On some models the water supply tube to the top basket can become loose to spray water toward the door.

6.  Check your owners manual for guarantees.  Some parts, such as the tub, may have a limited lifetime guarantee covering the cost of the part.

Other dishwasher tips:

1.  Do not wash food containers like jars and cans to recycle even after removing the label.  Glue from the label will be dissolved by hot water but hardens on tub and door panels and is often mistaken for rust spots.  It will also shorten the life of the pump and motor assembly due to glue between the impeller and housing.

2.  Think twice before using rinse aid.  It changes the surface tension of water to make it flow easier.  Those bubbles when you fill a glass washed in a dishwasher are not from detergent but from rinse aid.  There are other options.

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Odor Removal Tips https://smellywasher.com/odor-removal-tips/ Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:41:32 +0000 http://smellywasher.com/?p=143 Tips to Get Rid of Laundry Odor Odor in your washing machine or laundry can sometimes be difficult to get rid of.  Rather than mask the odor with fragrance, this article will give tips on how to get rid of the source of that mildew odor and keep it away! Note:  Many users like to leave […]

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Tips to Get Rid of Laundry Odor

Odor in your washing machine or laundry can sometimes be difficult to get rid of.  Rather than mask the odor with fragrance, this article will give tips on how to get rid of the source of that mildew odor and keep it away!

Note:  Many users like to leave the washer door open to get rid of mildew odor.  It does lessen odor by drying out the odor-causing residue but makes it more difficult to remove.  Also, the residue is still present upon the next wash.  If your washer smells with the door open or closed – it’s time to clean it!

Start with your washing machine

Odor is usually noticed in towels before the clothes washer because cotton towels are thicker and used close to the face when wet.  Using a towel that smells of mold and mildew when we’re drying off after a shower can leave bad smell behind.  We can get used to that smell but other people can smell it and it can be embarassing.  Before attempting to remove odor from towels and other laundry it’s necessary to clean the odor-causing residue from your washer.

Bleach, Vinegar or baking soda (never together)

Bleach is the most commonly used cleaner to kill the mold and bacteria growing in our machines.  Available since the early 1900’s, it’s used to sanitize and remove odor.  Care should be taken when using to avoid spilling, contact with skin or breathing fumes.  DO NOT MIX BLEACH WITH ANYTHING as dangerous gases can form to cause illness or even death. Another option is vinegar to kill the mold spores and bacteria.  A cup of white, distilled vinegar added to wash can help with odor.

Use A Washer Cleaner

Persistent or returning odor in your washer or laundry is a sure sign of remaining residue inside the washing machine.  The odor-causing residue can be stubborn to remove.  Since we created the first washing machine deodorizer in 2006 a few major corporations have jumped on board with their version of washing machine cleaner but, whatever you use, it’s important to weigh cost, effectiveness and the environment when making a decision on what to use.

 

More Tips

  • The area of heaviest buildup is almost invariably just above the normal waterline where suds and soiled water splash up and don’t get rinsed out.  Intermittent odor in towels and laundry is caused when a full load reaches this splash area.  “Tub Clean” and “santize” cycles do not reach this area.
  • The secret to getting rid of persistent odor is to use a washer cleaner, such as Smelly Washer Cleaner, that can be used with laundry.  If odor persists add a cap of Smelly Washer or Smelly Towel Cleaner to a full load of laundry. The added bulk of the clothing will lift the water level to include the splash area 3-5 inches above the normal waterline. This “splash area” is always the worst area for buildup.
  • Using a washer cleaner for preventive maintenance will ensure you always have a fresh washer.  Smelly Washer uses all natural, organic ingredients to eliminate odor, fungus and mildew that cause washing machine odor.
  • To initially clean your smelly washer a level capful of cleaner should be used in the hottest or “clean” cycle of your washer with no clothes (in the washer).  After that it can be used sparingly; along with your detergent, to keep odor away. Just a half teaspoon of either Smelly Washer or our towel cleaner added with your detergent will leave your laundry brighter, fluffier and free of odor…guaranteed!
  • For more stubborn odors, allow the solution to soak in the washer. Push “pause” to force a short soak or even unplug to force an overnight soak if desired. .
  • Adding 2 to 5 gallons of hot water manually after agitation starts will also raise the water level.  Add it directly into the tub or slowly through the detergent dispenser.  Do not add too much water as it can force open a front loader door and/or cause an automatic drain.

 

Smelly Washer can also be mixed in a spray bottle of warm water to clean the detergent drawer, rubber door gasket, or under the lid – all those hard-to-reach places!  Just spray liberally and allow to soak. This method is also great to remove mildew stains from showers and tile grout.

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Stinky Washing Machine https://smellywasher.com/stinky-washing-machine/ Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:45:05 +0000 http://smellywasher.com/?p=141 How To Clean a Washing Machine That Stinks If your washing machine stinks, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Washer mildew and odors are one of the most common complaints among homeowners. However, it is possible to get rid of smell through a few simple steps.  Changing your washing habits and/or detergent used may be necessary […]

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How To Clean a Washing Machine That Stinks

If your washing machine stinks, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Washer mildew and odors are one of the most common complaints among homeowners. However, it is possible to get rid of smell through a few simple steps.  Changing your washing habits and/or detergent used may be necessary to keep odor away.

Identify Why Your Washing Machine Stinks

Most of the time, a musty or mildew smell in or around your washer or laundry indicates mold or bacteria growing in your washing machine.  The moist, dark tub interior is perfect for mold and bacteria to thrive.  The best defense is limiting food supply which means using less detergent and fabric softener.

To a certain degree all washers, HE or regular, front and top loaders alike have a buildup of residue.  This constantly wet, decaying matter, aka “bio-film” can really start to stink over time and spread to the laundry and even the wash room and home in more serious cases.   The washer should be cleaned before attempting to remove mildew odor from towels and other laundry.

Use Washing Machine Cleaner

A cleaner, such as Smelly Washer or Towel Cleaner, that can be used with laundry is best to use.  The added bulk of the clothing will raise the water level to include the “splash area” just above the normal waterline where suds and soiled water accumulate and don’t get rinsed out.  The splash area is almost invariably the area of worst buildup and can become quite thick after years of buildup.  Cleaning cycles don’t reach the splash area and worse cases may need repeated cleaning and soaking to remove.  Returning or persistent odor in your washer or laundry is a sign of remaining residue.

Water Temperature is Important

Using mainly cold water for washing is fine but make preventive maintenance very important.  A hot wash or soak as the last cycle on wash day will help dissolve the bio-film buildup and is a good opportunity to do more soiled laundry.  Also, if the washer isn’t regularly used or returning odor is a problem a second rinse may be desired.

Clean the Trap or Drain Pump Filter

If your washing machine stinks, this is one of the less obvious culprits. It requires a tad bit more work than throwing some bleach or washing machine cleaner into the clean cycle, but it can effectively eliminate the “gunk” at the root cause of the stench.  Most manufacturers recommend cleaning the filter once a month. Items such as coins, screws, toys and even bra wires can cause plugged filters to slow draining to cause odor.

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3 TIPS FOR PREVENTING WASHING MACHINE ODOR IN YOUR FRONT LOADER https://smellywasher.com/3-tips-for-preventing-washing-machine-odor-in-your-front-loader/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:06:58 +0000 http://smellywasher.com/?p=139 If you’re trying to clean a stinking washing machine or just want to avoid odor here are a few simple tips to ensure you always have a fresh washer. NOTE: washing machine manufacturers and cleaning experts advise to leave the door open to remove odor. It does lessen odor by drying out the odor-causing residue […]

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If you’re trying to clean a stinking washing machine or just want to avoid odor here are a few simple tips to ensure you always have a fresh washer.

NOTE: washing machine manufacturers and cleaning experts advise to leave the door open to remove odor. It does lessen odor by drying out the odor-causing residue but makes it more difficult to remove. Also, the residue is still present upon the next wash. If your washer smells with the door open or closed – it’s time to clean it!

The Soap Factor

Using too much detergent is the main cause for washing machine odor because it causes excessive suds.  Just above the normal waterline is invariably the area of heaviest buildup.  Suds and soiled water splash up and can’t get rinsed out.

Cleaning cycles don’t reach the splash area so your best defense is using a cleaner that can be used with laundry. You can actually clean the entire washer tub while doing laundry!

  • Using HE detergent is necessary for the warranty, use and care of HE machines.  Not using HE can void warranty on your washer.
  • Unless you have very soiled laundry don’t use more than a tablespoon of detergent in any machine.
  • Persistent or returning odor after a full load is a sign of remaining soap residue just above the normal waterline.

Don’t use fabric softener

Liquid fabric softener has a tendency to leave a residue behind that builds up on the inside of outer plastic tub. It also accumulates in hard-to-reach places such as under the agitator and above the splash line.  The residue it leaves is a food source for mold and bacteria to grow in the wet interior of the washer.  The spores then attach to towels and other laundry.

The solution is simple: switch to fabric softener sheets or dryer balls. The sheets can be cut in half and even reused and still be effective. They even have an added bonus of preventing static in the dryer. Keep in mind softener and/or sheets can be overused and cause problems with long dry times and multiple repair attempts by coating the lint screen and/or the moisture sensor in most dryers.

The Water Factor

Clean laundry starts with clean water. The temperature and hardness will make a difference in the operation of the washer and how clean your laundry is.

  • One common question customers have concerns water left behind after a cycle is complete: When a cycle is complete there’s a gallon or more of water left in the pump and motor assembly, the drain tubes and the bottom of the tub. This water shouldn’t be visible but you may hear it as the tub is shaken and it’s forced out upon the next use.
  • Many people like to use only cold water for washing in order to save energy. After all, that’s why we bought it – right! That makes perfect sense but the temperature of the water can also be a culprit of washing machine odor. While it’s unrealistic to wash all your laundry in hot water it can be used as an effective way to keep odor away as it better dissolves residue and can help prevent mildew from growing. A hot wash as your last cycle on wash day is great preventive maintenance to keep odor away and it’s a perfect chance to do more soiled laundry!
  • Also, especially if leaving for a vacation or the washer is not going to be used soon, a second rinse is a good idea. These methods are the easiest ways to prevent a smelly washing machine.

Use A Washer Cleaner

Ok, this is four but who’s counting!

Using a washer cleaner, such as Smelly Washer, monthly will ensure you always have a fresh washer. Smelly Washer uses all natural ingredients to eliminate odor, fungus and mildew that cause washing machine odor.

  • To initially clean a Smelly Washer a level capful of cleaner should be used in the hottest or clean cycle of your washer with no clothes.  After that, just a half teaspoon of either Smelly Washer or our towel cleaner added with your detergent will leave your laundry brighter, fluffier and free of odor…guaranteed!
  • For more stubborn odors, allow the solution to soak in the washer. Push “pause” to force a short soak or even unplug to force an overnight soak if desired. If odor persists add a cap of Smelly Washer or Smelly towel to a full load of whites.The added bulk of the clothing will lift the water level to include the splash area 3-5 inches above the normal waterline. This “splash area” is always the worst area for buildup.
  • Adding 2 to 5 gallons of hot water manually after agitation starts will also raise the water level. Add it directly into the tub or slowly through the detergent dispenser. Do not add too much water as it can force open a front loader door and/or cause an automatic drain.

Smelly Washer can also be mixed in a spray bottle of warm water to clean the detergent drawer, rubber door gasket, or under the lid all those hard-to-reach places! Just spray liberally and allow to soak. This method is also great to remove mildew stains from showers and tile grout.

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TIPS TO GET RID OF LAUNDRY ODOR https://smellywasher.com/tips-to-get-rid-of-laundry-odor/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:05:18 +0000 http://smellywasher.com/?p=137 Note: Many users like to leave the washer door open to get rid of mildew odor. It does lessen odor by drying out the odor-causing residue but makes it more difficult to remove. Also, the residue is still present upon the next wash. If your washer smells with the door open or closed – it’s […]

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Note: Many users like to leave the washer door open to get rid of mildew odor. It does lessen odor by drying out the odor-causing residue but makes it more difficult to remove. Also, the residue is still present upon the next wash. If your washer smells with the door open or closed – it’s time to clean it!

Start with your washing machine

Bad odor is usually noticed in plush bath towels first.  This smell is being transferred from the washer and it needs to be cleaned before removing the mold smell from laundry.

Use A Washer Cleaner

Persistent or returning odor in your washer or laundry is a sure sign of remaining residue inside the washing machine. The odor-causing residue can get bad enough to make the whole house smell and be stubborn to remove.

 

More Tips

  • The area of heaviest buildup is almost invariably just above the normal waterline where suds and soiled water splash up and don’t get rinsed out. Intermittent odor in towels and laundry is caused when a full load reaches this splash area and mold spores “reinfect” the laundry . “Tub Clean” and “sanitize” cycles do not reach this area.

 

  • The secret to getting rid of persistent odor is to use a washer cleaner, such as Smelly Washer Cleaner, that can be used with laundry. If odor persists add a cap of Smelly Washer or Smelly Towel Cleaner to a full load of laundry. The added bulk of the clothing will lift the water level to include the splash area 3-5 inches above the normal waterline. This “splash area” is always the worst area for buildup.

 

  • Using a washer cleaner for preventive maintenance will ensure you always have a fresh washer. Smelly Washer uses all natural, organic ingredients to eliminate odor, fungus and mildew that cause washing machine odor.

 

  • If your washer smells clean it by adding a level cap full of Smelly Washer or Towel Cleaner  to a full load of laundry.  After that it can be used sparingly; along with your detergent, to keep odor away. Just a half teaspoon of either Smelly Washer or our towel cleaner added with your detergent will leave your laundry brighter, fluffier and free of odor…guaranteed.

 

  • For more stubborn odors, allow the solution to soak in the washer. Push “pause” to force a short soak or even unplug to force an overnight soak if desired.

 

Smelly Washer can also be mixed in a spray bottle of warm water to clean the detergent drawer, rubber door gasket, or under the lid all those hard-to-reach places! Just spray liberally and allow to soak. This method is also great to remove mildew stains from showers and tile grout.

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WHAT IS THE BEST WASHING MACHINE TO BUY? https://smellywasher.com/what-is-the-best-washing-machine-to-buy/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:03:34 +0000 http://smellywasher.com/?p=135 This article will address common customer questions on what the best washer is to avoid mold odor. Mold odor in washing machines isn’t specific to 1 brand or even top loading versus front loader. Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool, Kitchen Aid, Kenmore, Maytag, Roper, Estate) simply by virtue of being the biggest is unfairly singled out, in […]

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This article will address common customer questions on what the best washer is to avoid mold odor.

Mold odor in washing machines isn’t specific to 1 brand or even top loading versus front loader. Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool, Kitchen Aid, Kenmore, Maytag, Roper, Estate) simply by virtue of being the biggest is unfairly singled out, in my opinion, by lawyers in class action lawsuits, see: Today’s NewsSlate NewsForbes ReviewConsumer Reports. To a certain degree, there is a buildup of residue on all washers. It’s just a matter of how much residue is present if odor is noticed. The odor is generally first noticed in towels because they’re plusher, used when wet and used close to your face. Without cleaning or maintenance the odor-causing residue will grow to cause problems in any washer.

Almost futile attempts to eliminate mold odor in washing machines have included:

  • UV lights in washing machines
  • creation of a corporate cottage industry of mold odor removers
  • advising users to get rid of odor by using products such as bleach, vinegar, baking soda and even leaving the door open to lessen odor.

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Why does my washer stink? https://smellywasher.com/why-your-laundry-habits-may-be-the-cause-of-your-stinky-washer/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:01:55 +0000 http://smellywasher.com/?p=133 Washing machines aren’t supposed to stink! If you have a stinky washer at home, your laundry habits may be the cause. Some simple changes to your routine can help eliminate and prevent the washer mildew that’s making things stink. Don’t Ignore the Cleaning Cycle! If you already have a stinky washer, it’s important to first take the […]

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Washing machines aren’t supposed to stink! If you have a stinky washer at home, your laundry habits may be the cause. Some simple changes to your routine can help eliminate and prevent the washer mildew that’s making things stink.

Don’t Ignore the Cleaning Cycle!

If you already have a stinky washer, it’s important to first take the necessary steps to remove the offending washer mildew. Most washing machines, especially newer models, have a cleaning cycle built in. The cycle runs without any clothes and uses high water temperatures to kill any mildew and flush out the system.

You can boost the cleaning cycle by adding a washing machine cleaner, such as Smelly Washer. The natural ingredients in Smelly Washer effectively remove odor, fungus and mildew that can cause a stinky washer.

For best results, follow your washing machine manufacturer’s guidelines for running the cleaning cycle. Washing machine cleaners like Smelly Washer should be used about twice a month.

Don’t Let The Clothes Linger!

It happens to the best laundry-doer from time to time. You get busy and forget you had a load of laundry in the washing machine. You come back a few hours later and throw it into the dryer, or you come back the next day and rewash the laundry. But in that little window of time, washer mildew has already started to grow and multiply.

Mildew is a living organism that needs food and a warm, damp environment to grow. The inside of your washing machine when wet clothes are left to linger is the ideal breeding ground for mildew, which makes for a stinky washer.

The best way to combat forgetfulness is to set a reminder. Turning on the end of cycle signal on your washer will do the trick if you’re within the vicinity of the laundry room. When you hear it, go put the clothes in the dryer! If you’re going to be moving throughout the house or doing yard work, get a clip on timer.

Don’t Close the Lid or Door!

The same idea of leaving wet clothes in the washer applies here as well. Even after a cycle is complete, there is still some residual water left in your washer. It can hide under the rim of a top loader and in the rubber door gasket and detergent drawer of a front loader. This remaining water combined with leftover detergent suds or lint can cause washer mildew.

After you’re done doing laundry, don’t be so quick to slam the door or lid. Leave them ajar for a few hours to allow any excess water to evaporate. On a front loader, also pull the detergent drawer out a bit to allow it to dry.

With just a few simple modifications to your laundry habits, you can effectively eliminate and prevent washer mildew, putting an end to your stinky washer problems.

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