Front Loading Washing Machines and Mold

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A recent discussion with our neighbor Heidi about the moldy smell we have both experienced from our front loading washing machine got us thinking about mildew again.....

Judging by a post last year, it was apparent we were not the only ones. While high-efficiency compact front-loading washing machines are great space savers, many people have complained about the strange smell after they run a wash - both from the the laundry and the machine itself. It seems there are serious mold issues with some of these washers. Mildew can be caused by a build up of detergents and fabric softeners – this can be exasperated by front loading washers because moisture accumulates at both the inside surface of the door and the interior.

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So, Heidi did her research. She tried leaving the door open after washes, a vinegar solution, an ammonia solution and wiping the rubber rim after her wash, all to no avail. In a last ditch effort, she ordered special washing machine cleanser, “Smelly Washer” (it was mentioned in the comment section of our earlier post). She put a cap full in and ran her machine empty and then added a teaspoon of to her regular load. In just 3 washes, the smell was gone. Amazing.

Thanks to our AT readers, we are odor free (well, at least our laundry is). Smelly Washer. Who knew?

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