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Musty smelling Washing Machine

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hounddogs Sat 08-Apr-17 19:54:33

Why? And how do I cure it? Thanks very much

CakesAreBiscuitsToo Sat 08-Apr-17 19:56:28

Have you done a clean with a washing machine cleaner?

Also, leaving the door open for it to dry out between washes helps.

CakesAreBiscuitsToo Sat 08-Apr-17 19:57:02

Inspect the seals for mould as well.

Redyellowpinkblue Sat 08-Apr-17 19:58:35

Soda crystals (2 mugs worth in powder compartments), hottest longest cycle 1st. Then white vinegar (whole bottle) hottest longest cycle.

NannyR Sat 08-Apr-17 19:59:06

Try taking the detergent drawer out and giving it a good scrub; also look inside when you've taken it out, there can be quite a bit of black stuff in there.

waltdizzy Sat 08-Apr-17 20:06:54

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picklemepopcorn Sat 08-Apr-17 20:25:13

Eco balls here, too. Part of the problem is caused by detergent build up. The engineer said we use far too much.

With current low wash temps, you do need the occasional hot empty wash with soda crystals vinegar or bleach to help the machine. Less with eco balls, though.

Chesterfuckingdraws Sat 08-Apr-17 20:26:47

Do you use powder of liquid detergent? Powder is better for your machine and doesn't gunk it up leading to just smells.
I skoosh bleach in the drum and run it empty on a boil wash with some zoflora in the fabric conditioner drawer, machine smells lovely and clean. Leave the door open to air when you can and scrub the drawer and drawer cavity and it should be like new!

rabbit123 Sun 09-Apr-17 10:00:29

Switch to powders if you're using liquids and leave the door open between washes

goingtotown Sun 09-Apr-17 23:09:52

A handful of dishwasher tablets with the hottest wash. As recommended by repair man.

Willow2017 Sun 09-Apr-17 23:36:52

I have done all the above and more and mine still stinks! It never used to smell. It gets cleaned regularly, drawer, seals etc and use the washing machine cleaner in it, hot washes, soda crystals, bleach you name it I tried it.
Even done the drain unblocker in case it smell was backing up from kitchen sink drain!

Well I havent tried the dishwasher tablets as I dont have one.

Ooh just seen the vinegar will try that next thanks.

Wildernesstips Tue 11-Apr-17 09:10:25

Have you checked the filter? Sometimes there's a build up of fluff/water in there.

Willow2017 Tue 11-Apr-17 11:31:22

Wildernesstips
Yes have done the filter, there was nothing in there, even had something to poke up the pipe as far as possible but nothing there either.
Its a bloody mystery. I really dont want to get another machine as its a good machine otherwise and cost a fair bit when I bought it but seriously considering it.

picklemepopcorn Tue 11-Apr-17 16:38:28

Have you done zoflora? Maybe try a repair man to take it apart and see where the problem is. There could be a mouldy item trapped and rotting in it! How long has it been a problem?

Willow2017 Tue 11-Apr-17 17:49:35

Pickle
Mine has been a few weeks of trying everything I could think of, might try a repair man. Used to have a 'mature' repair man locally on the insurance but now we get sent young 'teens' (I am sure they must be older but they dont look it!) who are a bit up themselves and cocky. I will try them and hope they find something fixable smile

picklemepopcorn Wed 12-Apr-17 07:19:14

I'm getting uncomfortable visions of a slimy, rotting PE sock slithering around in there...

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