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Washers Get a Musty Odor
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8:13 pm
February 21, 2009

John S



I know this is an old post, but maybe someone can tell me if they have used these tablets and if they work.  Are they worth the money?




However–it is imperative to use the correct type and amount of laundry detergent. Owners of large front loading washers (and top load agitator-less washers) should use the following amounts of “HE” low-suds detergent:

HE (non-concentrated) : (2) Tablespoons Per Wash

HE 2X (double concentrated) : (1) Tablespoon Per Wash

HE 3x (triple concentrated) : (1) Teaspoon Per Wash

Using the CORRECT amount of HE detergent will PREVENT the following:

1) Musty odor

2) Error messages / Interrupted cycle

3) L-O-N-G cycle times (in excess of estimated time diplayed)

4) Insufficient cleaning results

5) Water on floor (small amount)

Some late model front load washers will have a new option that helps to remove odor causing bacteria and the soap scum / curd that forms in the water tank–especially if too much detergent or the incorrect type of deyergent has been used.

On LG washers–this cycle is called the TUB CLEAN CYCLE.

This cycle should be done every (4) months to remove even just residual scum build-up.

LG highly recommends using a product called WHIRLOUT.

This is available at Home Depot.

The procedure for a TUB CLEAN CYCLE (LG WASHER) is as follows:

**Washers with NO or very little odor**

1) No laundry or detergent. Open washer door and add (2) capfuls of    WHIRLOUT into tub. Close door.

2) Power “on”

3) Select TUB CLEAN CYCLE (refer to owner manual for correct sequence to begin this cycle).

4) Press “Start”

**Washers with HEAVY ODOR**

Same as above except–use entire contents of WHIRLOUT cleaner.

Repeat as necessary until odor is removed.

Heavily contaminated tubs may need several treatments to reverse months or years of scum build-up due to incorrect type or amount of detergent used.

Consumers that buy a new front load washer—-and use the correct amount & type of detergent from the outset—-usually experience NO odor or other problems that occur from excessive detergent useage.

Well water (non-chlorinated) can make it necessary to perform a TUB CLEAN cycle on a monthly basis.

Any odor resembling ROTTEN EGG smell–is NOT from the washer but is a GAS (hydrogen) and is NOT caused by detergent or bacteria. This can only be removed through water filtration or conditioning. Consult a *reputable* water treatment company.

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6:20 pm
February 18, 2009




I know this is an old post, but maybe someone can tell me if they have used these tablets and if they work.  Are they worth the money?


7:46 pm
May 4, 2008




That works, according to a few of the customers I have talk to. But you have to use it monthly. Good post.

12:26 pm
April 21, 2008

Joe Lo


4  AP wagner sells this product for odor in your washing machine if Dave’s advice doesn’t work for some reason. 

8:55 am
February 1, 2008




Your problem is that you are not cleaning the washer. About every 3-4 months you want to set the washer to the normal cycle, warm wash and put the full amount of bleach in the bleach dispenser and let it run. If you have a few old rags to throw in with that is ok. This will solve your musty odor problem.

1:13 pm
January 7, 2008




I’ve had an HE front loader for a couple years now and we just leave it open to air out between loads.  No problems.

12:33 pm
December 20, 2007



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According to Katherine Salant of the Southwest Florida Herald Tribune, if your remodeling or home-building budget is so tight you can only afford to splurge on one appliance, make it a high-efficiency, front-loading washing machine. 

For starters, laundry chores will take less time. With a spin speed of 1,200 RPMs, my high-efficiency front-loader wrings out so much water that the drying time is shortened by as much as 50 percent. The washer holds more clothes than my old top loader, so I have fewer loads, and this shortens up the whole operation.

But, alas, these high-tech wonders are not perfect. After several …
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