I have a front loader washing machine that despite using a descaler & special machine cleaner, my clothes still have that mouldy smell to them. I usually wash at 40C & use fabric softener. Anyone have same problem or hints that may help?


Posted by damish70, 24th April 2016


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  • Do a rinse cycle with a cup of vinegar. Seems to get rid of the buildup inside my machine



  • I use vinegar in my machine to get rid of smells. It does the job & doesn’t stay on clothes.



  • I run my washer on a cold cycle with white vinegar. We haven’t had a problem with bad smells since.



  • I was told by a repairman that using a dishwasher tablet & allowing the machine to run through a normal cycle works well for the odours & the plaque that builds up over time.



  • Run a cycle with vinegar



  • Hope you have had some success with the tips?



  • I ran a cold cycle using bi-carb soda and vinegar, it worked a treat! Good luck. :-)



  • Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda will clean your machine and make your towels smell fresh too.



  • It happened with me. I did 3 washes with white vinegar and always after I do my wash I leave the wash machine door open. It didn’t happen again.



  • Try vinegar! It’s good for cleaning and also can be used as a fabric softener!!



  • I agree with the MoMs who have suggested running a cold wash cycle with either bi-card, or vinegar, or both.



  • I would put some bi-carb soda thru a empty load of wasing use that instead of the usual washing powder.. and wipe dry with a dry cloth once the load has finished.. and if possible leave the door slighty ajar between uses… So it can air..



  • I leave the lid of mine open for 2 days after use.
    My Auntie used to put dettol in rinse water without clothes in it once a week.



  • I use bicarb and vinegar for everything and this is no exception. They are amazing!



  • I do a hot wash with a scoop of powder and it work’s wonders!


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