Moldy smelling washing machine


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Ben

A couple of weeks ago I was fixing my washing machine. My wife saw
the open machine and said something like "That's the source of the
mold!" It does seem as though there is "ick" trapped between the drum
and the plastic liner that surrounds it, and there is a musty smell
that comes from the machine after each wash.

My question---what is the most effective way of dealing with this? Is
there a treatment that I could run through the machine to clean it
out, or is this a situation where I need to take everything apart
before I clean?

Thanks in advance,
-Ben
 
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greg6755

I'm curious.

Is it a Maytag front load?

They are notorious for that.
 
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Grandpa

Ben said:
A couple of weeks ago I was fixing my washing machine. My wife saw
the open machine and said something like "That's the source of the
mold!" It does seem as though there is "ick" trapped between the drum
and the plastic liner that surrounds it, and there is a musty smell
that comes from the machine after each wash.

My question---what is the most effective way of dealing with this? Is
there a treatment that I could run through the machine to clean it
out, or is this a situation where I need to take everything apart
before I clean?

Thanks in advance,
-Ben
I found the stuff and recommendations at this site:
http://www.smellywasher.com/
actually worked for us.

Not affiliated, just a satisfied customer.
 
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Tom G

Ben said:
A couple of weeks ago I was fixing my washing machine. My wife saw
the open machine and said something like "That's the source of the
mold!" It does seem as though there is "ick" trapped between the drum
and the plastic liner that surrounds it, and there is a musty smell
that comes from the machine after each wash.

My question---what is the most effective way of dealing with this? Is
there a treatment that I could run through the machine to clean it
out, or is this a situation where I need to take everything apart
before I clean?

Thanks in advance,
-Ben
I usually recommended to my customers (sold washers) that they add a cup of
white vinegar to their load of towels. This helped to keep the hard water
deposits from building up in the outer tub which tended to give mold a place
to grow. And also to once a month or so run a cycle with the machine empty
but adding bleach to the water. The vinegar could be run the same way but
adding it to the towels killed two birds with one stone. Removed the hard
water deposits from the towels also and they stayed softer. Also very
important to leave the machine lid open for a couple of hours after each
load to let it dry out.
Tom G.
 
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hallerb

I usually recommended to my customers (sold washers) that they add a cup of
white vinegar to their load of towels.  This helped to keep the hard water
deposits from building up in the outer tub which tended to give mold a place
to grow.  And also to once a month or so run a cycle with the machine empty
but adding bleach to the water.  The vinegar could be run the same  way but
adding it to the towels killed two birds with one stone.  Removed the hard
water deposits from the towels also and they stayed softer.  Also very
important to leave the  machine lid open for a couple of hours after each
load to let it dry out.
Tom G.
i use a gallon of WHITE vinegar mixed with a gallon of cheap bleach,
fill machine with HOT water let agitate, then stop machine and let sit
for remainder of day

you mostly use cold water? i think that makes it more likely oily
substances clump rather than get dissolved and exit machine

run a empty load after letting the cleanng load finish itself normally,
 
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EXT

Are you trying to kill yourself? Adding vinegar (acid) to bleach (chlorine)
will release chlorine gas, aka mustard gas from world war I. This stuff
destroys lungs on contact.


couple of
weeks ago I was fixing my washing machine. My wife saw



I usually recommended to my customers (sold washers) that they add a cup
of
white vinegar to their load of towels. This helped to keep the hard water
deposits from building up in the outer tub which tended to give mold a
place
to grow. And also to once a month or so run a cycle with the machine empty
but adding bleach to the water. The vinegar could be run the same way but
adding it to the towels killed two birds with one stone. Removed the hard
water deposits from the towels also and they stayed softer. Also very
important to leave the machine lid open for a couple of hours after each
load to let it dry out.
Tom G.
i use a gallon of WHITE vinegar mixed with a gallon of cheap bleach,
fill machine with HOT water let agitate, then stop machine and let sit
for remainder of day

you mostly use cold water? i think that makes it more likely oily
substances clump rather than get dissolved and exit machine

run a empty load after letting the cleanng load finish itself normally,
 
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jJim McLaughlin

EXT said:
Are you trying to kill yourself? Adding vinegar (acid) to bleach (chlorine)
will release chlorine gas, aka mustard gas from world war I. This stuff
destroys lungs on contact.
No, you will not release mustard gas.

Mustard gas is C4H8Cl2S,

Uunless you have very wierd viegar (acetic acid), of
a type existing nowhere else on the planet you couldn't
releade mustard gas on a bet.

You might release free chlorine (Cl2) and tahet would be
a Bad Idea (tm).

Better to use heavy bleach first to kill the mold,
run a rinse, then use the vinegar to "sweeten" and
freshen up the smell in the tub.

Would have been a good idea to manually scrub the tub and
liner when the machine was apart, and use a toothbrush
over under on top of and behind all gaskets.
 
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hallerb

No, you will not release mustard gas.

Mustard gas is C4H8Cl2S,

Uunless you have very wierd viegar  (acetic acid), of
a type existing nowhere else on the planet you couldn't
releade mustard gas on a bet.

You might release free chlorine (Cl2) and tahet would be
a Bad Idea (tm).

Better to use heavy bleach first to kill the mold,
run a rinse, then use the vinegar to "sweeten" and
freshen up the smell in the tub.

Would have been a good idea to manually scrub the tub and
liner when the machine was apart, and use a toothbrush
over under on top of and behind all gaskets.
yeah its smells bad when I do that a couple times a year, usually
spring and fall with windows and door open.

was trained to do this by my grandma, she died at 82 I am 50 hasnt
killed anyone yet.

although I also use gasoline to kill grass between sidewalk sections
occasionally and people freak at that too, years ago no one cared or
noticed
 
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zxcvbob

EXT said:
Are you trying to kill yourself? Adding vinegar (acid) to bleach (chlorine)
will release chlorine gas, aka mustard gas from world war I. This stuff
destroys lungs on contact.


You're wrong on about 3 or 4 levels.

Mixing chlorine bleach with *ammonia* will release dichloramine gas,
which is poisonous and kind of smells like chlorine.

I think mixing chlorine bleach with strong hydrochloric acid might
release chlorine.

Bob
 
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Oren

Mixing chlorine bleach with *ammonia* will release dichloramine gas,
which is poisonous and kind of smells like chlorine.
Mom always _ emphasized_ never to mix these two. More than once she
said; use one or the other, but not both together.

I was young then but I vaguely recall fainting would occur from the
fumes if they were mixed.
 
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EXT

OK, I am not a chemist, you guys seem to know the type of gas released, but
whatever, it still isn't good for you. I have been told repeatedly over the
years that chlorine gas is released when an acidic liquid is mixed with
javel water, but maybe not, I still wouldn't risk my life mixing them
together and breathing the result whatever it is called.
 
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hallerb

pssssst....  diesel fuel lasts longer.

--
Steve Barker


On May 13, 1:43?pm, jJim McLaughlin <[email protected]>
wrote:

although I also use gasoline to kill grass between sidewalk sections
occasionally and people freak at that too, years ago no one cared or
noticed
well I have used muriatic acid in toilets, and my job used methyl
alcohol combined with other nasties as a cleane.

fedron made me ill.....

currently I use 409 household cleaner
 
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zxcvbob

Max said:

Here's what the government says about mixing vinegar and bleach as a
disinfectant to kill stuff like anthrax spores:

"a bleach solution close to but not above pH 7 (neutral) and 5,000 to
6,000 parts per million (ppm) will be prepared by mixing one part bleach
(5.25%-6.00%) to one part white vinegar to eight parts water. Bleach and
vinegar must not be combined together directly, rather some water must
first be added to the bleach (e.g., two cups water to one cup of
bleach), then vinegar (e.g., one cup), and then the rest of the water
(e.g., six cups). The pH of the solution should be tested with a paper
test strip"

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/chemicals/bleachfactsheet.htm#bkmrk8

If the bleach and vinegar are mixed without diluting them first, they
can release chlorine gas (I just learned that)

Bob
 
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Tom G

yeah its smells bad when I do that a couple times a year, usually
spring and fall with windows and door open.

was trained to do this by my grandma, she died at 82 I am 50 hasnt
killed anyone yet.

although I also use gasoline to kill grass between sidewalk sections
occasionally and people freak at that too, years ago no one cared or
noticed

Yeah, and back in the 50s and 60s we used to pour the used motor oil on the
gravel drive to keep the dust down. Who knew?

Tom G.
 
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hallerb

Seems to me vinigar first load would remove minerals.  After rinse finish
the job with bleach.  Bleach first will not get past the deposits.






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looking back to what grandma told me, vinegar and fill tub with water,
let stand a hour, agitate add bleach let sit all day. then complete
cycle, and run a empty i add softener so all off odors are gone.

grandma died in 1991 and was ill a long time before that, so my
intructions are 30 years old. while i have trouble rembering what i
had for lunch today

never met to create a hazard, thanks for the heads up
 
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