Front Loaders odor - possible fix !!
OK I just joined the forum to post this message because I feel it's important enough for all to know and research.
I have been researching front loaders because I need to upgrade. I currently have the frigidaire models and they have been just fine. I need bigger ones though because my household is going from 3 to 5. I am down to the Bosch or the Samsung (like the silver, don't like the runors about service...).
Anyway I keep seeing threads about the odor problem. Mostly related to the LG's but also the Duet's. One of you posted an article about a product called Affresh (see link below).
It appears to be an oxygenating cleaner like OxyClean. I have always used liquid detergent because I got burned once by powdered detergent that didn't dissolve correctly and caused discolored spots on my clothes. I hate powder and will never go back. OK back to the subject...
I have been using OxyClean in my front loader ever since I bought it. I got a tub of the powder at Costco (I know! don't go there... LOL) I put a couple tsp in each load as a cheap bleach alternative and sanitizer (my boy is adept at staining his shirts I swear!). I have never once had any musty or moldy odors!. I shut the washer door all the time. I never leave it open to air out. I'll leave it that way for a week and wash the next weekend and no odor - period. I've been using my washer this way for a year and a half. I wonder if it's the oxyclean, or the combination of liquid detergent and oxyclean that I use that eliminates this problem for me. So anyone that reads this posting, that is having this problem, see if OxyClean fixes your issues.
Here is a link that might be useful: Affresh