I own a front end loader washing machine made by GE. I love this set because it cuts my laundry time in half and the amount of detergent I use has been cut in half. I loved my front end washing machine until I started noticing that my laundry was smelling mildew and the inside of the washing machine had a funk to it as well.
I called the front end washing machine manufacturer and the representative didn’t do much in the way of helping me resolve this issue. More than anything he tried to persuade me to buy not only a new front end washing machine but also to just buy a whole new set; the washer AND the dryer. I have only had the set for about a year, so, I knew that wasn’t going to happen.
I tried running a wash cycle with no clothes, just water and bleach, and that didn’t alleviate the problem. I also tried making sure that I got the wet clothes out of the dryer as soon as the cycle was complete. That didn’t seem to help either. It wasn’t until I had an epiphany of sorts that realized what the problem may be.
Every month or so my husband would pull out the dryer and remove any lint that had been trapped in the hosing. I thought to myself, I wonder if a build up is what is causing the foul smell to my front end washing machine. So, after so begging and prodding to make DH get off the couch, turn off the Wii, and come in the laundry room to do it, we found the mildew culprit.
If you are having this same problem; mildewed clothes and mildew smell from your front end washer you should try this.
1. If you look under the door there is a part of the machine that is held on by 3 screws at the bottom of the washer. My GE front end washer has the drawers at the bottom. Pull out the drawer and unscrew it. You will see where the three screws are holding it into place.
2. After you have removed the drawer you will find a kind of circular piece that has a handle on it. Turn the handle and pull out.
3. After you have finished gagging you will notice that the smell is coming from large chunks of lint, hair, pennies, receipts, etc.
The hose was so clogged up that I almost had to leave the room while my poor ole hubby pulled out stinky glob after stinky glob. Of course dear husband taught me how to do this myself next time. But, I politely declined and now he checks this each time each cleans out the dryer hoses.
Some other tips that I have found to reduce smells is to of course remove your clean laundry from the front end washer as soon as the cycle is done and to also leave the door to the front end washer open when not in use. If you have a laundry room that is closed off from sight this is feasible. If your front end washer is in plain sight, maybe keeping it open when company or small children isn’t around will work for you.
Trust me, if your clothes are mildewed for unknown reasons, you may want to try the above out. You will be amazed at what you might find in the hoses of your front end washer.
If you have a front end washer not made by GE I can only imagine that the techniques described above are roughly the same. Check your front end washing machine owner’s manual to find out how to perform this on your brand/model of washer.