My washer stinks.

(9 Posts)
Nigglenaggle Sun 05-Jul-15 10:59:29

When a load is running. Horrible rotten veg and sulphur smell. We (well DH hahahaha) cleaned the filter - it's no better. Any ideas other than demonic possession?

Shannaratiger Sun 05-Jul-15 11:25:22

Hot wash with biological washing powder.

Shannaratiger Sun 05-Jul-15 11:26:27

Hot empty wash with biological washing powder.

PigletJohn Sun 05-Jul-15 14:40:27

and to remove the soap sludge (soap is no good at getting rid of soap), your hottest wash cycle with a cup of Washing Soda Crystals and no powder. If the water goes grey and foams up that is the old soap sludge dissolving. Do it again until it stays clear. You can put white cotton towels in, as they will not be harmed or faded by the very hot wash.

You may find it smells more after you have stated the service washes, this is because the old sludge has been disturbed.

rabbit123 Sun 05-Jul-15 15:01:57

To avoid this happening in the future once the machine is clean, make sure you use a bio or non bio powder and regularly wash at 60 degrees plus. Avoid liquids - liquids don't contain any form of bleaching agents and they're more difficult to rinse out, so they often leave a slime in the machine especially when used at low temperatures

Nigglenaggle Sun 05-Jul-15 21:25:26

Good answers smile We do indeed use liquid and wash at 30c. PigletJohn is there anything you don't know?? Thank you also Rabbit and Shanna

CoperCabana Sun 05-Jul-15 21:28:12

Totally agree! Ours was absolutely humming due to use washing liquid you put in to the drum. Completely solved by switching to powder you put in the drawer.

howtodrainyourflagon Sun 05-Jul-15 21:28:56

hot wash with a dishwasher tablet gets rid of sludge

PigletJohn Sun 05-Jul-15 23:56:11

you probably have enough towels and flannels to do hot hot hot cotton wash at least once a week.

It does tend to fade colours and patterns though, so white towels stand up better.

If your washer has a soap residue you may find you need no powder or softener with the towels, just Washing Soda Crystals, which remove soap residue and also grease from bath oil or skin lard. If the machine ever stops foaming, or there is make-up or black dirt, start using powder again. Towels tend to get impregnated with shampoo, soap and skin wash.

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