LG washer

paul97July 28, 2010

Washer stinks, I have done three cleaning cycles with whirlout and cleaned the filter and drain lines. the thing still stinks. What else can I do to get the smell out.

Model WM2016CW FRONT LOADER

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georgect

I would try just using the cleaning cycle with just straight bleach and a lot of it. Pour it straight into the drum.
Is there lots of water sloshing around during the "Cleaning" cycle? If not try adding a few gallons of water to the already filled machine (not too much, just enough to come up to the rubber gasket).
There should be lots of vigorous water movement.
That's my two cents...maybe someone else can add some tips.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 8:27AM
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kimcoco

The dispensers are removable, I clean these with a bleach solution periodically. Otherwise, I use the cleaning cycle, but I only add bleach up to the fill line in the dispenser = don't add more to the dispenser because it will overflow onto your floor. I've never added it directly to the drum. I keep the door open periodically between loads to air it out.

I wonder if adding too much bleach directly to the drum would have a negative impact on the rubber gasket around the door (long term)? I don't know...I've never tried it, but adding too much bleach sounds risky to me.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 2:42AM
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lostinit

Air is your friend and the worlds cheapest cleaner when it comes to odor and mold. Leaving the door open is a must and the best you can do for a front loader. You could put a dehumidifer in your laundry room, run it with the door to your washer open, then run the tub cycle twice with full loads of bleach and see if the smell dissipates. Also check behind the rubber gasket, there could be some debris or mold that could be facilitating the odor.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2010 at 4:03AM
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mihi

This happened to me with a Staber washer I have. I tried everything. Everything. I finally took the washer out of service, got me another washer. For this new washer, a Fisher Paykel, we never used anything but powder detergent
and used no softeners, but did use vinegar occasionally.
It never developed the mold problem.

What about the Staber? well, it was stored in a garage for about a year, then brought back into service but got a really good cleaning cycle run through it on its first use.
When stored for the year it was left totally open and airing out. It's never had the mold problem since. I guess the complete drying out did the trick. I only use powder detergents in it now, but still do use some softeners as its in an area with really hard water. It seems to be OK and has been for the last 2 years. NOthing else but the year long drying out seemed to work for me.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2010 at 8:09AM
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shermp

Try the cleaning cycle with distilled vinegar

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 1:00AM
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paul97

Thanks everyone, it has gotten better. I bought a gallon of vinegar yesterday and going to try tonight.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 11:12AM
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i_dig_it

You might also want to try a dishwasher detergent with lemon.
Run a long, HOT cycle.
Citric acid removes alot of built up gunk and leaves a fresh scent.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 12:20AM
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cookinmama

My LG washer collects gunk behind the rubber openings. Not in the folds of the rubber, but behind it. I use a towel to remove once a month AND I leave the door open every night. It helps a lot.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 6:32PM
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dollfanz

Yep, leave the door open till dry. Also HD sells a fantastic washing machine cleaner. This totally eliminated the musty smell in my LG. But it will come right back if you don't leave the door open.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2010 at 10:40AM
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