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:
Start by emptying the washer, inspect the rubber gasket surfaces and other plastic parts that might hold water or detergent.
Once this is complete select a hot water wash cycle to fill the unit with hot water.
Add a quart of distilled white vinegar to the tub, close the lid, and let the machine agitate for about a minute.
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.
After an hour, run the washer through a complete wash and rinse cycle.
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.
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.