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My washing machine smells. The inside smells musty/moldy. It washes fine and the clothes don't seem to smell. Yet, the musty smell is getting worse and I don't like to wash my clothes in it because of the smell. I don't want to buy a new washing machine just because it smells as it works fine. So how do I clean the machine and get rid of the smell? Vinegar and baking soda are not doing the trick.
 

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You might have to use a little bit of bleach. That's what it's really good for, killing stuff. We've had the same problem with our washing mashine, and nothing else worked. What you do is run it on the large load setting w/hot water (the hottest, maybe even add a kettle of boiling water) and a cup or so of real chlorine bleach. Run it on the longest possible cycle. Whether you put anything in there (towels or whatever) is up to you. I did it w/out. Anyhow, it gets rid of the smell. After that, to keep it from smelling again, leave the lid up between washes. It makes a huge difference, allowing the machine to air out. Good luck.
 

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I agree with the PP - if vinegar isn't cutting it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> You may also want to soak a cloth in vinegar, and clean all around the seals, lid, top of the drum etc...I found that in my old machine there were all kinds of crevices that got damp and mouldy.
 

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I agree to get every nook and cranny. If you can take the top off the middle piece (agitator?) you might find all sorts of crap in there too.
 

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I also believe that chlorine bleach is unfortunately the only way to go in this case. Since the problem seems to be a big one, I'd say throw in 2 or 3 cups of bleach, use the hottest water...perhaps even let the tub fill up, then turn it off and let it sit for an hour before allowing the load to continue. Then for a while, you'd probably want to do a load with a cup of bleach every few days or once a week, just to make sure the issue does not reoccur. I know the manual that came with our washer said to periodically use bleach and then to leave the door open so the washer could dry out once in a while. I don't think we have this problem, personally, because we rarely go more than a day without a load of laundry. Do you do laundry infrequently? What brand & model of washer do you have?
 

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If you happen to have a front loading Maytag Neptune, it is a problem with them that can't be fixed without repairs. Just wanted to throw that out there. We have one with the smell problem, and figured out it was one of the reasons that Maytag had a huge class action suit against them. We just live with ours, leave the door open when we can, and don't leave clothes inside for extended periods of time.
 

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Do you have any updates, Kleine Hexe?<br><br>
Unfortunately, my machine has started going this same thing and I'm hoping a my third hot soapy bleach load will do it. I have a new Maytag Neptune, half a year old, supposedly the problem was fixed with the new version but oh man oh man, I keep trying to wash one load over and over and the clothes ARE coming out smelling mildewy. I'm about to cry... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying">
 

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Well, I try to keep the different parts clean. Like the fabric softner dispenser(which I don't use) and the bleach dispenser. I did a plain bleach water load a couple times. What helps the most is keeping the lid open when I'm not using the washer. If I put the lid down even once I get the moldy smell back.<br><br>
I'm sorry you're having the same problem.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you happen to have a front loading Maytag Neptune, it is a problem with them that can't be fixed without repairs. Just wanted to throw that out there. We have one with the smell problem, and figured out it was one of the reasons that Maytag had a huge class action suit against them. We just live with ours, leave the door open when we can, and don't leave clothes inside for extended periods of time.</div>
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I have a front loading Kenmore machine with this problem. I googled the Maytag class action but that looks like it only applies to the Maytag machines. Have you heard anything about other brands? I think mine is made by Whirlpool.<br><br>
I'll try running bleach through it but since it doesn't use much water I'm not sure it will reach all of the areas that might need cleaning.
 

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How about after doing a wash with bleach water you can put bleach in a spray bottle and spray the areas that might not have gotten clean.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How about after doing a wash with bleach water you can put bleach in a spray bottle and spray the areas that might not have gotten clean.</div>
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I had to go out and buy a bottle of bleach to even start cleaning this stinkiness up, but what I did was three empty loads with detergent and bleach (through the dispenser), then I poured 4 or 5 cups of bleach directly into the wash basin, as well as into the dispenser and put a full amount of detergent and ran the load again, hot water/cold rinse.<br><br>
It seems to be good now. Whewsh...but I guess I'm really going to have to watch it from now on, carefully. Usually, I do one or two loads a day and it never sits damp or empty but we went away for a couple of days and I had left the door open, so it could sit and dry but my DH closed the door, thinking a cat could go in there and we came back to a moldy/mildewy smelling washer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Ah well, hopefully it's gone away for good!<br><br>
Thank you so much for your advice and experience. If it doesn't work, I'll try the spray bottle idea.
 

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Now I have something new & exciting to make fun of you about. I'm biting my tongue & not posting a "bacteria" joke. It's hard. Really REALLY hard.
 
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