Odors in the washer can be caused by detergent/soil build-up, certain water conditions and drain installation issues.


To prevent odors:


  • Run regular/weekly hot water cycles to reduce detergent and soil build-up.
  • Leave washer door/lid open between washes, allowing the washer to dry out.
  • Check with local water supply officials regarding the content of water (sulfur, hard water, etc.).
  • Verify the drain hose is installed correctly.
    • It should be placed no more than 6" into the drain pipe.
    • It should also be secured so that the hose does not come loose.
    • Do not seal the drain hose to the drain pip so that it is completely covered. This prevents sewer gases from backing up into the washer.

To remove odors:


  • Vinegar is excellent for disinfecting the machine, removing detergent buildup, and getting rid of odors. Cleaning process:

    1. Start by emptying the washer, inspect the rubber gasket surfaces and other plastic parts that might hold water or detergent.

    2. Once this is complete select a hot water wash cycle to fill the unit with hot water.

    3. Add a quart of distilled white vinegar to the tub, close the lid, and let the machine agitate for about a minute.

    4. Open the lid and let the solution sit in the washer tub for an hour. While it is soaking, wipe down the exterior of the washer with a soft damp cloth, microfiber cloth, or sponge soaked in a mixture of half part vinegar and half part water.

    5. After an hour, run the washer through a complete wash and rinse cycle.

    6. Wipe the inside of the washer, including the blades of the agitator and the bottom with a piece of cloth soaked in the vinegar-water cleaning solution. Areas that still have grime can be cleaned with straight white vinegar.

    7. To clean the dispensers, use a soft cloth and a small brush or old toothbrush in the constricted space. Be sure to dry the dispenser thoroughly before putting it back.