Almost all users of Smelly Washer Cleaner are able to remove odor from their top or front load washing machine by adding a level cap (1 tablespoon) where detergent is normally added with no clothing in the washer and allowing the washer to complete a hot wash cycle. If the odor isn’t initially removed follow the instructions below. For more difficult cases extended soakings make a world of difference!
To clean a top or front loading washer with a more extreme case of odor: Fill the washer in a ”soak” cycle after adding a tablespoon of Smelly Washer Cleaner in place of detergent. If the unit does not have a “soak”, “clean”, “tub clean”, or “sanitize” cycle the user is able to push “pause” ONCE in order to stop the cycle in order to soak. Some washers will continue the cycle after being paused for a period of time. If needed you can also unplug the unit or flip the circuit breaker to make the washer soak. After soaking push “start” and allow the washer to complete the cycle.
If there is still an odor repeat the procedure. Keep in mind that in more extreme cases that the odor may be much worse before it gets better because as the outer layers of mold and residue are dissolved away the inner layers are exposed to air and smell worse!
If the odor remains or returns: Fill the washer into a hot “soak”, etc. After the washer stops filling add extra gallons of hot water either through the lid or door. If unable to open the door extra water can be added slowly through the detergent dispenser. Do not fill a front load washer more than 2-3 inches above bottom of door as it may cause the door to pop open and water will spill out! This extra water is added in order to also soak the “splash area” just above the normal waterline. Suds and soiled water splash up over the normal waterline and don’t get rinsed out. They can build up a residue that will smell terrible. A symptom of a “splash area buildup” is an intermittent bad smell after doing a full load in hot water. This buildup can get quite thick and must be soaked in order to completely dissolve it. The problem is especially prevalent in top loading washers but older front loaders can also have the buildup.
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 for a long period (even overnight) then wipe the mold away! Repeat if necessary. Mold stains impregnated into the rubber or plastic may take repeated applications and/or vigorous scrubbing to remove.
To clean your detergent/softener dispenser: If the dispenser can be removed from the washer and soaked in a solution of hot water and a tbsp. of Smelly Washer overnight – do so. Otherwise use a spray bottle to liberally douse a solution into all the compartments and allow to soak overnight then pour hot water into them to clear the channels of detergent/softener/mold build-up.
To get rid of mildew odor from towels and/or clothing: The washing machine MUST be cleaned before attempting to get rid of the odor-causing mold spores from towels and clothing because the odor is being transferred from the washer to them. After the washer is free from odor add a tablespoon of Smelly Washer to a full load and allow to agitate in a hot setting. If the mold odor is still present repeat the procedure and stop the washer to soak for two hours. Complete the cycle and the towels should smell like new. More extreme cases will need to do another wash with detergent to rinse out the dead mold spores. Do not soak brand new dark towels in Smelly Washer because they will fade. Wait until they’ve been washed a few times.
To remove mold on windows, canvas boat covers, etc. Add 1 tablespoon of Smelly Washer to a spray bottle filled with hot water and spray the affected areas liberally with the solution. Allow it to soak for a long period and then wipe the mold away. To keep the mold away spray again lightly after cleaning. The completely organic solution won’t allow mold to return but will need to be reapplied after heavy rains. a. Silicone adhesive used on windows, etc for sealant allows mold growth. It is best to use mold-resistant sealant. Even mold resistant sealant will allow mold to grow after a long time (3-5 years?)