how do I clean my washer so it does not smell musty?
- SINDYLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
What I sometimes do is run an empty cycle (no clothes) with bleach and detergent.
It seems to help.
- MaggieLv 51 decade ago
Run it without clothes in it and put Lysol in the water. Also you should always leave the lid up after washing clothes. That way it can dry out completely and not get a musty smell.
- cootLv 41 decade ago
2 cups of beach, fill washer with hot water no clothes run a complete cycle,I do this every 2 months not only does it clean the washer but the hoses as well
- 1 decade ago
The aforementioned bleach ideas are good solutions, but THEN, every now and then, leave the washer lid open between use in order to allow it to completely dry out ... it is the trapped moisture and lint which is causing the moldy odor and can eventually lead to rusting, especially in more humid areas of the country.
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- PetalsLv 41 decade ago
White vinegar is the safest. Depending on size of your washer and how bad it smells, run 1-2 cups in with hot water wash. If you have a "Soak" option, use it.
- ScootsLv 51 decade ago
Fill it with water and 1 cup of vinegar and let it run a cycle. Adding vinegar to the rinse water periodically also gets rid of lint in the hoses. Good for towels, too. It makes them more absorbent.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I am assuming that you use Clorox with some of your wash-loads. If this has not helped try running a empty wash-load with a gallon of inexpensive, white vinegar. This should solve your problem. Good luck and Happy New Year!
- Mark TLv 61 decade ago
Make sure no clothes in.
Do NOT add any soap / rinse aid
Set to Boil Wash
It is remains of old soap gunk (a sludge) that often seems to make this happen, but a boil wash (with no more soap) often gets things clean.
this happens especially if you never have to do a proper boil wash anyway (towels etc)
- BighornLv 41 decade ago
run it empty threw cycle with 1-2 cups of 20 muleteam borax, you can find it where you buy your laundry soap, also good for cleaning many other things
- Maw-MawLv 71 decade ago
Fill it with hot water and 2cups of bleach, then run it thru a cycle.Then just leave the lid open when you are done....