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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