Front Load Washer Smells Like Musty Mold, Mildew, Rotten Eggs or Sewage? How to Freshen & Clean

Front load washers are more efficient than top load washers but over the years, consumers have complained about a nasty smell they can produce. It happens when water collects in the rubber gasket in the door of a front loading washer or the buildup of residue and bacteria. Manufacturers have tried to combat this problem by developing better door gaskets and higher-temperature settings to kill bacteria.

Problem Smells in Front Loading Washers

There are things you can do to get rid of the smell and the cause of it. Leave the door open a bit between cycles to allow it to dry out completely. If you are using detergent that is not formulated for your HE (high efficiency) washer it will cause more suds to form which will result in residue being left behind. Using too much of the proper detergent can also lead to leftover residue. Another source of residue build-up is the use of fabric softeners, so try using dryer sheets instead to fight this problem. Many of us like to use cold water to save money and energy. The problem with this is that it doesn’t kill bacteria like hot water and it tends to leave more residue behind than hot water. Try running a load at the end of the day on a hot water setting, even if it’s empty. A lot of front-load washers have a drain pump that is accessible with a filter or trap. Many items can end up in there, including hair, lint, and coins. If you prevent debris from gathering inside the pump, you can eliminate a big source of bad smells in your washer!

Cleaning Front Load Washer with Bleach, Vinegar or Baking Soda

You should clean your washer out on a regular basis. It’s reassuring to know that there are steps you can take to prevent mold from growing in the first place, and will also work to fight existing mold that is causing the smells.
1. Measure out two cups of distilled vinegar into the detergent dispenser and run you washer on a normal cycle using hot water or use the clean cycle if your washer has one.
2. Once the cycle is complete-clean the inside of the tub, the rubber boot seal, detergent dispenser and the inner door with a clean cloth along with a cleaning solution of half distilled vinegar and half hot water and repeat with another clean cloth with just hot water- if you want to use a cleaner other than vinegar and water, there are products on the market formulated for you front loading washer.
3. You need to then run the same cycle using hot water only.
4. When the cycle is complete, leave the door open for a few hours to allow it to dry out thoroughly.
To make sure all the bacteria is eliminated after running your front load washer, it’s also a good idea to run three-quarters of a cup of regular bleach through an empty washer on a normal cycle with very hot water once a month.

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