So you just bought a brand new washing machine and it stinks THAT stinks but don’t despair! Once you figure out the cause of odor your new stinky washing machine you can take steps to eliminate and prevent odor from returning
HE Washing Machines
Unfortunately, high efficiency washing machines have gotten a bad rap over recent years. While they receive high praise for using less water and energy they are notorious for causing odor.
The biggest culprit of a smelly washing machine is residue buildup on the inside of the outer tub.. If you notice a mildew smell in your washer, towels or laundry you may have mildew in your washing machine. Mildew thrives in the moist, dark conditions of your washer. Residue from suds, softener, soiled water and even hair and other organic material left behind after a wash feed mold and bacteria that can cause odor and respiratory problems in more sensitive people.
To prevent this problem:
- use less detergent. It’s odd to think that all you need is a tbsp of detergent but, generally speaking, we’re only washing perfume and sweat out of clothing.
- stop using fabric softener. It’s dispensed in the rinse cycle and leaves a film that becomes a food source for bacteria and mold to grow. Dryer sheets or dryer balls area better options.
- Maintain your washer by running a hot cycle as your last cycle on wash day and even an extra rinse if doing especially soiled laundry.
- Clean the filter. The filter can be partially plugged to slow the drain of water to cause problems.
Finally, front loaders require a special high efficiency (HE) detergent. They also require a lot less of this special detergent than you’re probably used to using. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and measure carefully. Detergent mistakes can cause over-sudsing and poor rinsing, both of which can cause washer odor.
Regular Washing Machines
A top loader can also harbor mildew caused by residual water. In this case, the water, lint and other material can become trapped under the agitator or under the lid of the washer. Wipe these areas down with a clean towel after each wash and remove and clean under the agitator periodically.
A good habit with any type of washer is to always leave the lid or door open in between loads. This will allow any residual water to evaporate completely.
In both types of washers, not using the machine regularly can also cause washer odor. Because a washer doesn’t drain completely and a small amount of water remains in the tub, it’s important to use the machine regularly to flush out the system.
Use Smelly Washer To Eliminate And Prevent Odors
Using a washer cleaner, such as Smelly Washer, a couple times a month will eliminate and help prevent future washer odor. Smelly Washer uses all natural ingredients to eliminate odor, fungus and mildew that can cause a stinky washing machine. Smelly Washer should be used in the hottest or cleaning cycle of your washer.