What else would cause a FL to smell?

gr8daygwMarch 30, 2012

I just purchased a FL GE pair and love them but I was wondering what all can cause them to smell? At first it was more of a rubber smell so I attributed it to the gasket being brand new. I have been diligent in wiping it out ad nauseum and yet I still feel it has a "smell". I am certain they didn't bring me one that was "used". Could water be standing somewhere else in the machine besides the gasket area? It does have a bit of water in the gasket when finished and the manual says to pull it forward so that it will drain into the little holes in the rubber which I have been doing. I also wipe it out completely the door, the entire inside of the gasket all around and keep the door open. Is there any other area that could be causing a smell? I also use bleach on some whites. The compartment where you add the detergent, softener and bleach also sometimes has water standing and so I also dry that out.

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dadoes

Water itself shouldn't (theoretically) cause an odor.

Water left in the boot is "clean" water from the final rinse.

Water left in the dispensers is "fresh" from the household supply ... although any residual laundry product could eventually spoil.

Regards to your laundry habits ... do you wash primarily in COLD water? How often do you run a HOT wash? Liquid detergent or powder? Liquid fabric softener?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 3:35PM
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gr8daygw

Run hot wash 90% of the time, liquid detergent, liquid softener and sometimes bleach.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 5:25PM
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Cavimum

My 11-month old FL washer has always had a smell --- it smells like a machine. We cannot use laundry products with perfumes, so there is no perfume odor to cover up any non-perfume odors.

Perhaps what you smell is merely that of 'machine'?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 5:40PM
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dadoes

Try changing the environment, one parameter at a time so as to confirm what has an effect and what doesn't. Eliminate the softener for a couple months, or switch to powdered detergent. First one parameter, then the other, or both.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 5:52PM
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dave1812

My Samsung FL gets a "residual soap" smell after a bit more than a week. (we use liquid All free and clear, sometimes highly diluted Down free/clean, and sometimes vinegar in lieu of Downy). I run the Pure Cycle (cleaning cycle) every 12 days. After that cycle has run, the washer has no odor at all (I have a sensitive sniffer. :) ) After a few washes, the soap residue smell will return. Today, my wife and I discussed the fact that not all soap is being removed from every wash load, so we are going to begin using even less All. We have been filling the All cap to Line #2. we are going to start filling only to Line #1. Maybe that will allow us to extend the times between Pure Cycles. Time will tell. This past week, for the first time, I detected a faint sour smell, so I added roughly a cup or so of liquid bleach to the Pure Cycle, and now the washer is right back to it's "odorless" state again. We always use a rag to dry the boot, soap dispenser cavity in the washer, turn the dispenser tray assembly upside down to remove excess water, and leave the door and tray open. So far, no mold has appeared on the boot. essentially the washer seems to be as pristine as the day we bought it ~6 months ago.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 2:04AM
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gr8daygw

Thanks everyone. I also have very sensitive smell and maybe it is only a machine smell. It smells clean inside the drum and dispenser and there is no mold anywhere at all. I think I am just a little paranoid! I really love the washer. It gets my clothes clean and fresh and all I ever ask is that things do what they are supposed to and nothing more. I'm happy to report that it does! I just want to be a good steward of my new machines. The dryer is very nice as well. Thanks for the helpful tips and maybe it is just a new machine smell since it's not coming from inside the machine at all. It smells fresh in the areas that would be the likely offenders. Thanks so much again.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 9:04AM
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Cavimum

@dave1812 - Everyone I know believes we have hard water here, but in the whole scheme of things, it is rated "moderately hard" and more toward the 'soft' end of that spectrum.

Between that and the small amount of water our FL uses, I cannot use more than 1/4 the amount of HE detergent that is recommended for dosing. Really small loads take even less. Otherwise, I spend subsequent hours getting the visible suds out, even with All F&C liquid. The clothes come out clean, too.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 2:28PM
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dave1812

cavimum, i have a water softener, so the water is always at zero grains hardness (fully soft). I hate when I go on vacation and have to use hard water to take showers in/wash my hair. LOL!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 12:09PM
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asolo

Agree zero-soft is superior. Water-using machines work better and last longer with it. Have to be aware of need to control the product dosages, though. For those switching from hard to soft for the first time the difference in dosage requirement in washers and DW's can be astonishing. And the cost-savings in product usage are significant, too.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 12:43PM
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