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washing machine smelly since being in storage

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fatsatsuma Thu 27-Oct-16 15:02:22

My Bosch washing machine has been in storage for the last 6 months during a house move. I had removed the detergent drawer and wedged the door open in an attempt to prevent it going mouldy.
It has now been installed and smells mouldy. I've run a 90 degree cycle with soda crystals, have wiped out the rubber seal, and drained and emptied the filter in the base, but it still smells.
Any advice please? Should I do another hot wash? Or just use it and hope the smell goes over time. Will it make the washing smell?

homeaway Fri 28-Oct-16 09:08:46

I would do another hot wash. Try some vinegar as well.

fatsatsuma Fri 28-Oct-16 10:47:52

Thanks homeaway, I did exactly what you suggested last night, and I think it's a bit better. There's a full load in there now, so fingers crossed it won't all come out smelly...

EstelleRoberts Sat 29-Oct-16 18:31:44

I feel sure one of the Zoflora crew will be along in a minute....

eastbenders Mon 31-Oct-16 07:15:03

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wooooofudge Mon 31-Oct-16 07:24:14

The OP has run a maintenance wash with soda crystals - same thing and a lot less expensive.

homeaway Mon 31-Oct-16 19:16:23

Did it work op ??

mando12345 Mon 31-Oct-16 19:21:48

I had this and rang bosch. They said run the 90 wash with nothing added no soda crystals or the like, until the washing machine didn't smell.
It worked and I had previously tried sofa crystals.

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fatsatsuma Tue 01-Nov-16 19:07:03

Thanks for all the suggestions.

I did a second 90 degree wash with some vinegar, and the smell was nearly gone. I have subsequently done several 40 degree washes and clothes are coming out smelling fine, and no lingering smell in the machine.

So I would say 90 degree cycle plus soda crystals and/or vinegar did the trick!

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