Stinky front load washer...fixed

Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:25 am

A few months ago I replaced our aging set of Maytag Neptune washer & dryer with a GE set. When we were first looking at the new set I asked the appliance dealer about the washer cleaning cycle. He said you run it every couple months, it basically fills the washer with more water than normal and cleans the seals, etc. You also add a special type of cleaner prior to the cycle...this is supposed to prevent/correct the musty smell that so many people report with front load washers.

Our old Maytag would start to smell musty once in a great while, but a hot cycle with bleach or simply leaving the door cracked open took care of it. I expected the same sort of think with the new unit. Much to my dismay, our new (and huge) washing machine began to stink after about two weeks. Not just a little, it was RANK. Before anyone asks, I don't wash cloth diapers or anything like that and our water supply is filtered/softened/odor free. I bought the special washer cleaning stuff for a few bucks, ran the cleaning cycle, and it did not stink afterwards. Great! oh wait...2 weeks later it smelled even worse than before. Leaving the door on the washer open helped, but it also made the entire laundry room smell funky. We do most loads with warm water, so I was at a loss about the smell.

I told a friend about it (who happens to run a cleaning service) and she matter-of-factly told me to switch to powdered detergent. She said it rinses cleaner, and is simply a better product. I had witnessed the gummy residue that can build up in the detergent dispenser, so I decided to give it a try. I picked up a box of powdered Tide and started using it. It has been about a month and the washer smells like new. Clothes are clean, smell good, wife is happy. :)

Just thought I would tell our story in case it helps one of you guys.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:48 am

Believe it or not,You're going to be Knighted for this one,Rob! EFM won't stay lit?-Stoker's Broke?-Hah! Mere Child's Play compared to tearing your hair out trying to figure out who's throwing up in the new ALGORE washing machine! The liquid always seemed to leave a waxy residue and bscoming a Base for a Bacterial Stinko Deluxe! And here I thought the cat was using it for an emergency Litter Box :sick: You have performed an awesome Service to Coal Burners everywhere! :notworthy:
Hambden Bob
 
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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:33 am

OK--I try never to pass on good info--but a couple questions??? I've got a newer Whirpool front loader that has a lil drawer with 3 smaller sections--bleach, softner & detergent--I've always used liquid Tide HE--don't seem like much space in that lil drawer to put powdered enough to do the job???? I've never had an odor problem but only do laundry once a week--MAYBE :clap: toothy Would the powdered be beneficial for the septic system????
freetown fred
 
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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:54 am

Fred, the powdered detergent doesn't seem to take up any more space, and I have actually been using less and still getting great results. Septic? I don't know.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:05 am

Thanx for the come back Rob. Beings I need to go into Town today & am out of detergent, I'm gonna pick up a small box of Tide & give it a shot--damn, milk also toothy
freetown fred
 
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Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: Sting On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:37 am

Front loaders have drama

I prefer liquid, my coworker prefers powder

Buy what you find works best for you.

Last stuff I bought was Liquid Tide on a coupon sale, then Liquid Era as on sale so I bought that also.

Do Not Stock up, the stuff goes bad.
Sting
 
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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: ShawninNY On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:43 am

Good tip rob, there should be a little door with a clean out strainer and a small drain hose on your unit I've found I need to drain mine 2 x times a month the smell leaves with that water.
ShawninNY
 
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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: Rigar On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:23 pm

freetown fred wrote:Thanx for the come back Rob. Beings I need to go into Town today & am out of detergent, I'm gonna pick up a small box of Tide & give it a shot--damn, milk also toothy



.... Fred just my 2 cents..
but I strongly urge you to never use milk in a washer- front load or otherwise

... you do know why you should wash your clothes in Tide...dont you ???
Rigar
 
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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:56 pm

Uhhhhhhh, NOPE! I'm still tryin to figure why I gotta stop using the milk :(
freetown fred
 
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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:01 pm

Rob R. wrote:Fred, the powdered detergent doesn't seem to take up any more space, and I have actually been using less and still getting great results. Septic? I don't know.


Septic you say, just dont run it thier toothy
anthony7812
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:31 pm

Fred,the way I see it is like this. You don't pour the milk in the Washin' Machine 'Cause it'll curdle. That makes for Lumpy Clothes. Water's a Solvent,yet it can only absorb so much of any Substance before it's saturated with it and can't act as a Solvent anymore. Sounds like the Powder goes"Into Solution"more completely and doesn't have need of that Boo-Boo-Syrup that gets left behind,accumulates,and then acts as a Fertile Bed for the Scurve/Barf Smell Bacteria to grow and reek. As far as the Turd Tank and Leach Bed are concerned,always try to use Soap Products that are rated Septic Safe,and use just enough to get the job done. Talk to a Registered Sanitarian,but not one from the Government. You don't want to harm that Happy Colony Of Turd Munchers that You've Fathered in there. You'll screw up your Leach Field if you get carry-over out to it due to an improper Biological Environment in the Tank. So there!....Also,don't be flushin' yer Manpons down the Throne. Even if they say"Flushable",nuthin belongs in there but the Best Of You! :dancing: toothy :bag: Oh Yeah,get that Tank pumped down every once in a Blue Moon,that Hatch Covers' startin to Dance.
Hambden Bob
 
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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: 009to090 On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:21 pm

Yeah, we have had the "stinky washer" issue for the past 10 years. My wife narrowed it down to the liquid Tide-He. It made the most stink. After she switched to Arm & Hammer Liquid He, the stink went away :idea: .
After seeing Rob's post, she's gonna try powder now. If you are worried about it gumming up your little tray, she says to sprinkle it in the tub, on the clothes, then close the door and start the cycle.
009to090
 
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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: Cap On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:43 pm

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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:50 pm

The Vaunted Tide Ride-With,as I remember him-Ricky Craven on The Wheel! toothy
Hambden Bob
 
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Re: Stinky front load washer...fixed

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:40 pm

http://www.charliesoap.com/
Used this for the last 10 years...
No stink...
CapeCoaler
 
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