Washing Machine Odors

This question was submitted from Ester

“My washing machine has a “wet stink” like you get on wet clothes if they’re left folded or crumpled for awhile. I’ve run a couple of loads of laundry with bleach, but the washer’s still stinky. What can I do to get rid of the odor?”

  • The first thing to do is to check to there are no mechanical problems with the washer.
  • Be sure there are no drainage problems or any problems with the actual operation of the cycles. Bleach should in fact kill any mildew so there may be a problem with water not draining completely from the washer or the drainage system.
  • We have also heard of people running a load with a cup or two of white vinegar to rinse out the machine.

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