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Awhile back, I posted about smelly front loaders and the fact that there are now cleaners made just for that purpose...well, since then, I've been informed that all you have to do is switch to powder detergent and voila! problem solved. Really.

Also, I may have stated that I wouldn't have one if it was given to me...well, one was given to me. Really. So, I use powder and I don't even have to leave the door open! Amazing. Just thought I'd share...


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Posts: 3637 | Location: Here, by the grace of God... | Registered: Jan 24, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Belstone, I don't have a front loader but thanks for the post-back re using powder instead of liquid detergent ~ I'll remember that hint if I ever get one!

Too funny, I once said that I would NEVER cruise on a certain cruise line if the trip was free ~ then dh won a week on it! And, yes, we did go...

Just goes to show that one should never say never! Big Grin
 
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Hi Belstone,

For a simple DIY trick to get rid of bad odors in the dishwasher place lemon peels in the regular cycle. Doing this once a month is a natural way to get rid of odors and leave your dishes smelling lemony fresh.


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I have a front loader too and I've never used powder detergent and I don't have a smell problem. I always wipe the seal with Lysol after I remove the wash and I always leave the door open. I've had it about 5 years and I've never had a smell. I'll remember the powder detergent trick in case I have any problems in the future. Thanks.
 
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I don't have a smell either. I think mine is about 3 1/2 yrs. old. I also wipe the inside door and the rubber and leave it open as well as open the detg. drawer.
I put a dallop (slug) of white vinegar in mine when I'm done washing for the day.
And I used powder at first but found that it wasn't dissolving so I use my homemade liquid detg.


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So here's the point...you don't have to wipe it down or use any other product to keep it from smelling. It's a fairly well known fact that front loaders have issues...hence special cleaners made just for them...something you never saw (or experienced) with top loaders. I simply shut the door after I'm done...and I only do laundry once a week, not every day. Just sayin...


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One of the Tide packets to eliminate the smell and hasn't recurred.
About a year.
Manual states to wipe seal; leave door open a bit.
I follow manual.
 
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Not trying to be argumentative here...by way of explanation, I live in an area where bats are numerous..neighbor had an experience I don't wish to have. One day, she reached into her open washing machine and encountered bats, lots of bats, so I do not leave mine open. Ever. So figuring out a way to avoid two problems at once really appealed to me.


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Posts: 3637 | Location: Here, by the grace of God... | Registered: Jan 24, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I don't wipe dry but leave my FL, LG washers open for a few hours and then close them. No odor or mold issues for several years now.

Gosh, Bats???
Washer must be in the garage or outbuilding?
 
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Originally posted by conrad:
I don't wipe dry but leave my FL, LG washers open for a few hours and then close them. No odor or mold issues for several years now.

Gosh, Bats???
Washer must be in the garage or outbuilding?



Basement!!! Exactly where mine is...ugh


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Posts: 3637 | Location: Here, by the grace of God... | Registered: Jan 24, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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WOW, how the heck do bats find access into a basement?
We occasionally have spiders, but anything bigger never has gotten in.
 
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Conrad, usually thru a chimney but they can get into the smallest crack. They are as bad as mice except they take advantage of those cracks up too high to see easily.
 
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Wow again. I sure would be searching out and plugging any holes!Big Grin
 
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You haven't lived until you wake up in the middle of the night to a bat flying around your bedroom!!! It's happened to me several times, in several houses, and it's not fun. Fortunately, it's been isolated incidents, never an infestation...knock on wood.


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Bats? In a washer? In a BEDROOM? Yikes! Never heard of either scenario. Scarey!
 
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