Our experience has been that our customers who own front-load Whirlpool Washing Machines, KitchenAid Washing Machines, Kenmore Washing Machines, Maytag Washing Machines, Bosch Washing Machines, GE Washing Machines and Frigidaire Washing Machines complain of odor permeating from their machines more often than those that own top-load machines.

 

Unlike its top-load counterparts, odors in front-load machines are caused by number of factors, the most common of which is a lack of ventilation.  These machines have tight seals, which may trap moisture in the washer.  At the end of a washing cycle, following removal of clothes from the washing machine, common practice is to tightly shut the door.  We strongly advise against doing so as this stops the flow of air.  Lack of air circulation in the machine, coupled with standing water (although not visible to the naked eye, water is often times left behind in the machine and is located between the stainless steel tub and the plastic outer tub) leads to odor, which may further lead to mold and mildew.  After you run a cycle, we suggest leaving the door open, as well as leaving the soap dispenser open.  Regularly doing this allows air to flow through your washer and assists in drying the inside of the machine.

 

Another tip we offer our customers is the use of a product called Affresh Washer Cleaner Tablets.  These are also recommended by many manufacturers including Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air and Amana.  After all the clothing from your machine has been removed, we suggest placing one of these tablets into your soap dispenser, one tablet into the tub and running an empty cycle utilizing the hottest wash cycle available.  If your machine has a clean or sanitize cycle, we recommend running it on either one.  For those of you who prefer a more environmentally friendly approach, we suggest replacing the tablet with 2 cups of vinegar and a quarter cup of baking soda, limited only to placement right into the tub.  This practice will assist in reducing the odor in your machine.

 

Lastly, make sure you are using the correct type, and correct amount, of soap.  If your machine is a high efficiency machine, do not use regular soap as this lead to soap scum residue.  As for the amount of soap to use, we suggest no more than 2 tablespoons of high efficiency soap.  While the instructions on the bottle may recommend half a cup or a full cup, our opinion is that this is far too much.  Too much soap leads to over-sudsing, damage to the machine and ultimately odor.

 

In short, we suggest the following:  leaving the front door and soap dispenser open when the machine is not in use, cleaning the machine every 2-3 months with the use of Affresh or a vinegar/baking soda combination and utilizing the correct type and amount soap.

 

Although we would love to service your appliances, we do hope these tips will save you from having to pay for a service call!

 
Until next time – Happy Tip To You Tuesday!