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To think something crawled up and died in my washing machine?!

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WhatsTheT Thu 02-Jul-15 09:54:33

My Machine is about 4 years old, so not exactly ancient, but it smells like death!

I've used all the different washing machine cleaners and freshners you can think of on all sorts of price scales.

Cleaned it myself, put all sorts of smelly things in, but nope.... it's making the whole kitchen smell like rotten veg!!

My clothes smell fine but it's still a nightmare.

Anyone got any smashing home remedies they can give me?!

ShatnersBassoon Thu 02-Jul-15 09:55:22

Have you tried vinegar and soda crystals?

namechangefortoday543 Thu 02-Jul-15 09:55:53

I put some bicarb of soda in and run at 90 once a month.
Leave door slightly open when not in use.

Momzilla82 Thu 02-Jul-15 09:58:04

Have you emptied the filter at the bottom left (it's a little door that opens and you can lift our the filter on mine) and YY to keeping door open to avoid the musty mould

WhatsTheT Thu 02-Jul-15 09:58:32

I've tried vinegar, not tried bicarb! How much do you use?

I leave the door open all the time but the kitchen Is at such an angle that it closes on it's own (just doesn't click shut)

Doesn't help that this house only has the hot tap connected to it, there's no cold supply and its a self heating washer so I don't think the steaming hot water is helping!

19lottie82 Thu 02-Jul-15 09:58:53

open the cap at the front, which you use to clear blockages and and check there is nothing nasty lurking in there?

WhatsTheT Thu 02-Jul-15 10:00:26

done the cap lottie, was a 1p and a 5p and no gunk, but that stunk even more! lol

haveabreakhaveakitkat Thu 02-Jul-15 10:06:56

You could try running a 90 degree wash, if you have one

namechangefortoday543 Thu 02-Jul-15 10:06:59

I just put a couple of tablespoons in- I think the 90 degree wash cleans the pipes and kills bacteria.
Do you put powder/liquid in the drawer thing?
It can go slimey if you do that.
I use capsules and put them straight in the drum

Oldraver Thu 02-Jul-15 10:14:40

How the heck is there only hot fill ?

I would try soda crystals at 90 degrees

WhatsTheT Thu 02-Jul-15 10:22:27

I use the caps straight in the drum (persil small and mighty) It's on a 90 degree wash everytime I buy different cleaners for the machine.

How the heck is there only hot fill Don't know. There's just one connection to the machine, and it only has hot water going through it :/

Must be buggered sad

haveabreakhaveakitkat Thu 02-Jul-15 10:24:43

So your washing gets rinsed in hot water? it must be costing you a fortune and probably not helping with the smell. Most machines are cold feed only or hot and cold I think. I've never heard of hot feed only.

Electrolux Thu 02-Jul-15 10:27:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WhatsTheT Thu 02-Jul-15 10:28:57

OK I'll explain the hot water thing because people seem to be focussing on it despite the fact that It doesn't seem to be affecting the smell.

Machine is cold feed and self heats the water

Water in the new house is heated by a back boiler, water heats up, stays hot all day.

The pipe that is feeding into the washing machine only feeds hot water (must be connected like a hot tap! I don't know!)

Doesn't cost me anything extra except for it using some of my already heated water, the boiler doesn't come on just to use hot water.

I don't want to talk about the hot water. Just my stinky machine.

DonkeyOaty Thu 02-Jul-15 10:35:24


First of all - if use liquid detergent, go back to powder. If you use fabric conditioner, stop. These can clag up summat chronic.

Next - run a 90degree wash with just a dishwasher tablet in the drum. Beg one from a mate if you don't have a dw.

Also - take out the drawer and clean inside as well as the drawer. You will omg at the leavings inside. Old rough towel - go round and round the door seal.

Then report back.

haveabreakhaveakitkat Thu 02-Jul-15 10:36:40

I've never had a stinky machine and also never had a hot fill only machine so was only putting two and two together confused

DonkeyOaty Thu 02-Jul-15 10:42:56

Erm how tricky would it be to wrestle orf the Out pipe and have a peer down it and swish it clean? I couldn't do that (feeble hands) but is there someone handy who could do that with yours?

bwow Thu 02-Jul-15 10:50:36

Could the rubber/plasticky stuff have perished a bit? I think that gives off a bad smell. I always find white vinegar and bicarb the best together.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 02-Jul-15 10:54:36

Use half a bag of soda crystals in the drum and a boiling wash. Switch to powder if you are using liquid. Make sure your hoses are high enough that water doesn't run back into the bottom of the machine at the end of the cycle.

WhatsTheT Thu 02-Jul-15 10:55:55

Thanks ladies! The only thing I haven't tried is the dishwasher tablet, I'll see if I can find one of someone.

I never use softrinse, never seems to make a difference!

Battleshiphips Thu 02-Jul-15 11:03:53

Do you use liquid or powder. My repair man told me to only use powder as liquids slimes up the internal workings such as pipes etc. and that causes the smell.

springsprang Thu 02-Jul-15 11:06:24

Take the filter off again and have a poke around in the pipes to it - I got loads of stinky gunk out of mine with a bent metal skewer - be careful though. Have you completely drained the machine? There's usually an additional little pipe hidden somewhere which has standing water in and needs flushing through occasionally.

feelingstuck78 Thu 02-Jul-15 11:09:10

I had this- defo change to powder or powder tablet. No more smell!!

Ataraxy Thu 02-Jul-15 11:18:57

As your clothes smell fine it sounds to me like there's a small dead animal somewhere in your kitchen. Perhaps behind the washer? Maybe worth pulling it out and having a look.

MissPenelopeLumawoo2 Thu 02-Jul-15 11:21:10

My repair man told me to only use powder as liquids slimes up the internal workings such as pipes etc. and that causes the smell.

I used to work for a sewage company and they advised not to use powder, it silts up in your pipes and causes blockages. They had a whole load of weird & wonderful powder 'sculptures' that they had removed from pipes on display in their offices.

Could it be a plumbing issue OP? If it is not plumbed in correctly the smell could be coming in straight from your drains. I would get a plumber to check if I were you.

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