Cleaning an HE front loader-OT

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Cleaning an HE front loader-OT

I think I may have seen something on here before but can't remember, sorry.

For those of you that have HE front loading washers, how do you clean them? Or at least get rid of the wet, almost mildewish smell? I leave it open when I am done but it doesn't help. Now it seems like my newly washed clothes have that smell (even if removed right away). Thanks for your help.

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Yeah I b!tched a while back on the BBB thread and FB of how much I HATE my front loader. HATE IT, lol! I think it might have something to do with your water too, because it seemed most people said they didn't have that issue at all. The washer smells even if clothes are left wet in there for more than an hour, so stupid. Anyway, I just use vinegar for every wash in the softener tray, and have those packs of the cleaner you can use with the cleaning cycle on the wash. Even after using the cleaner that's supposed to "help", a few washes later and it's the same story. I think just don't use fabric softener, try vinegar to see if that helps anything. Sorry I don't have any answers, but I'm convinced a lot has to do with your water....all my local friends that are on wells have the same issues as I have, so I dunno.

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I have city water and so does my mom put she never b*itches. Oh wait...hers is top loading. Ugh. Ok, so how much vinegar do you use? What cleaning packs are you referring to? Thanks!

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I have a Maytag HE front loader. I use affresh washing machine cleaner once a month. I also wipe dry the ring after every use and keep the door open. It really helps with the smell and to keep it fresh so my clothes are kept fresh. Good luck finding a solution I know how frustrating it can be when it starts to stink and get mildewy.

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I have a front loader too, but I've only noticed the smell once in a while, usually keeping the door open works for me. How old is your washer? ours is just about a year old, maybe if you have an older one that could be an issue? maybe they've "fixed" things since then? or mine is just not old enough to smell yet lol

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I got my washer and dryer the week after Lucas was born Sad I will try your suggestions!! I think they will work!

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The drain pan in in the bottom of the washer holds excess water. This needs to be drained and the strainers covering the opening to the hose needs the gunk removed. Get out your owner's manual and breeze over the regular maintenance page, it should explain how to do it. Don't have your owner's manual? You can find it online.

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"Allie01979" wrote:

I have a front loader too, but I've only noticed the smell once in a while, usually keeping the door open works for me. How old is your washer? ours is just about a year old, maybe if you have an older one that could be an issue? maybe they've "fixed" things since then? or mine is just not old enough to smell yet lol

Just not old enough yet. It will happen if you don't follow the suggest upkeep.

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good point Mel, I'll have a look at it tomorrow, better to get ahead of it.

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Here's a great info page. I know it is for the LG brand, but most front loaders are built of the same platform

http://lgknowledgebase.com/kb/index.php?View=entry&EntryID=6327

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DH was in appliance repair for 9 1/2 years, so I asked him to answer this question for you. Hope he's able to help!:

Affresh will help and do it on a hot cycle. Also do at least one hot water wash once a week. Also, cut back on the laundry soap. Measure to line 1 or less. Make sure that you're using HE soap. And remember, soap is for dirt, not the amount of laundry (meaning the larger the load doesn't always mean the more soap you need).

http://www.affresh.com/#/home

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Yeah it's that Affresh stuff!! Our washer we got delivered the week after Daphne was born, and she'll be 6 months next week.....we have cleaned the drain pan out too. I just put enough vinegar in each wash to the softener fill line. But you know I also have problems with my towels smelling mildewy after a few uses as well, and the only thing that works on them is to bleach them about every 4th wash....and I do notice after the bleach wash, the washer isn't as bad for a while. So who knows, after trying everything else, maybe try just a bleach wash????

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Awesome. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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"Jumarse" wrote:

Yeah it's that Affresh stuff!! Our washer we got delivered the week after Daphne was born, and she'll be 6 months next week.....we have cleaned the drain pan out too. I just put enough vinegar in each wash to the softener fill line. But you know I also have problems with my towels smelling mildewy after a few uses as well, and the only thing that works on them is to bleach them about every 4th wash....and I do notice after the bleach wash, the washer isn't as bad for a while. So who knows, after trying everything else, maybe try just a bleach wash????

I have this problem with my towels and I have a top loader.. I oxyclean or bleach every few cycles and I run them on hot and it gets rid of it..

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I haven't read the responses but I put a little vinegar in with every other load or so and that really seems to keep it smelling better. Also, since I stopped using liquid detergent and use the home made stuff Ruth posted about that also seems to help. I have read liquid detergent is what gets clogged up in there and makes it worse. GL!

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I have found that running one load with bleach a week and then leaving the door open helps keep it clean. I also have a bleach cleaner that you run by itself for when it starts to smell a little "off."