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Old 07-29-2006, 08:15 AM   #1
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Smelly washing machine--any ideas?

I'm sure this has been discussed here before, but I can't find any threads with a search . My washing machine just stinks . My dipes don't smell, but my machine does. I tried running it empty with a bunch of bleach but that did not take care of the problem. Does anyone have any other suggestions?--more bleach? vinegar? new washing machine?

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Re: Smelly washing machine--any ideas?

hmmm. I know with our front loader we're supposed to leave the door open in between loads b/c it has an air tight seal and could start to smell. I don't know how to get smell out though. I would have thought the bleach would have done it.
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Put some vinegar in the rinse cycle. Your machine may smell like vinegar,but it should get rid of the stink.
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Re: Smelly washing machine--any ideas?

I say vinegar too... either in a plain rinse by itself or w/ a load of towels/blankets or something...
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I have a top loader and I squirt some bio-kleen not in the basket, but around the outside of the basket in the washer if that makes sense.
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Re: Smelly washing machine--any ideas?

Here is an excellent article about washing machine care at the diaper hyena. It talks about cleaning your washing machine.

http://www.thediaperhyena.com/washingmachinecare.htm
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Old 07-29-2006, 09:33 PM   #7
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Re: Smelly washing machine--any ideas?

Thanks for all the replies & that link is great Rachel. I dumped an entire gallon of vinegar in & ran it empty with hot water--I wish I had read that article before I did it & added some baking soda too. I wiped down the parts I could reach & it still smells. I guess tomorrow I will try again with baking soda & taking the front panel off .
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