Laundry Odor Coming From My Washer?
We usually think of our washing machines as always being clean because – that’s where “cleaning” takes place, right? How can it get dirty? Well, it can. Other cleaning machines you have – such as a vacuum cleaner – need to be cleaned once in a while, too. Think of the clothing you throw into the washer – maybe it’s got a bit of mud on the jeans, some soils, oils, sweat, pet hair, lint, leaf matter, and so on. The list can be pretty long! Some of that gunk will be water soluble and will wash away during the wash cycle, but some of it will be little particles of lint, sand, dust and grime that don’t dissolve in water. These non-soluble particles need to be filtered out lest they be re-deposited on your laundry. This is the source of material that microbes can “eat”, thus creating the odor. Washing experts say that you should clean this filter every 3 months or so to help keep your laundry odor free.
Front Loaders or Top Loaders
Front loading machines usually have a small door on the lower front, left or right. If you open this little door that filter is easy to get to. Often, there are instructions for cleaning that filter on the back of that little door. For top loaders, you may find the filter in the center of the agitator. They should be easy to get to, and easy to clean.
What You Will Need
- A basin or small washtub to catch water when you open the filter
- small scrub brush or an old toothbrush
- rubber gloves (optional)
- Nokout or Sniper
- Q-tip or other small cleaning tool
For front loaders, you’ll need a small wash basin and another to catch the water that empties as you disassemble the filtration unit and some towels to help catch the water that drains out when you open the filter. If you haven’t cleaned this filter before, wear rubber gloves because it may be be a bit gunky in there. Unscrew the filter and dump the gunk into a small wash basin. Use a soft bristle brush (an old toothbrush works great!) to gently scrub away debris and clean the filter. Look inside the filter housing and clean out any debris that is still inside. Spray both the filter and the inside of the housing with Nokout or sniper. Allow it to air dry for a few minutes and then put it all back together.
Front Loader: Check the Main Seal on the Door
FBe sure to check the main door seal. At the lowest point, there are small drain holes to allow water to drain that can become clogged with debris. Use a q-tip to clean these little drain holes and give the seal in that area a good spray with Nokout or Sniper. You may want to give the entire inner drum a good spraying too.
Front Loader: Clean the Solution Tray
Front loaders hae a slide-out tray that holds cleaning solutions. Soap scum and other gunk can accumulate in this piece of your machine and there are microbes that will eat this stuff and can be another source of odor. You can either remove this tray and take it to the sink for cleaning, or use a bowl of warm water and toothbrushes / scrub pads to remove this gunk. Spray it with Sniper for anti-microbial cleaning before re-asembly.
For Top Loaders
For top loaders – check your owners manual for how to find and get to that filter. (They vary widely, so check that manual for instructions! If you can’t locate your manual, look online.) It is usually below the fabric softener reservoir in the center and can usually be removed easily. Once you have found and exposed the filter, use a brush to gently scrub away any debris trapped there. If you are finding mold/mildew stains, you can use a scrub pad to see if you can gently scrub away any of that gunk. Spray with Nokout or Sniper and allow to air dry before re-assembly.
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Christmas tree and Raggedy Ann
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Nok-Out Removed Old Dog Urine Odor
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Completely Eliminate a Horrible Smell
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Yesterday I hosed some dust off a plastic laundry basket. I left it outside to dry for a bit and then returned it to the garage.
A few hours later I walked into the garage and the entire place reeked of cat pee! I did not realize that the neighborhood tom cat had come by and sprayed my basket. It was so bad that I was ready to trash it, but I thought I would try to spray it down with Sniper first. I doused it liberally and left it overnight. Ta Da! Absolutely no smell this morning!
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Removed All The Feral Cat Urine
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Sniper Removed Old Water Odors, Mold & Mildew
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Sniper Eliminated Our Mold Problems!
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Cats Get Old!
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