How to Get Rid of the Smell or Odor in Your Front-Loading Maytag Neptune Washing Machine

Kimbry Parker

If your Maytag Neptune front-loading washer has a foul odor, the smell can transfer to your laundry. Although front-loading washing machines are good for saving energy, they are also notorious for emitting a musty odor. Fortunately, this problem can be remedied quickly.

Detergent buildup and water deposits can lead to odors in your washer.

Give your Maytag Neptune washer a thorough cleaning to remove the smell and help to ensure each load of laundry comes out smelling fresh.


Keep the washer door open when not in use to allow air to circulate throughout the machine. Dry the rubber seal with a rag after each use to get rid of standing water, which can lead to a foul odor.


Wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when using chlorine bleach.

Removing Odor with Chlorine Bleach

  1. Remove all laundry from the machine. Mix 1 cup chlorine bleach and 2 cups of warm water in a bucket.

  2. Dip a rag into the bleach mixture. Wipe out the rubber seal of the door with the rag and bleach solution.

  3. Pull out the dispenser tray and fill the bleach dispenser to the maximum fill line with chlorine bleach. Run the washing machine through a complete cycle with hot water.

  4. Repeat the wash cycle with no bleach to rinse out the machine. Dry the rubber seal around the door with a rag to remove standing water.

Removing Odor with Baking Soda

  1. Take everything out of the washer. Mix ½ cup baking soda and ¼ cup of water in a bowl to create a paste.

  2. Scoop the paste from the bowl with a clean rag. Scrub the interior walls thoroughly with the baking soda paste.

  3. Run a complete wash cycle using hot water. Dry inside of the rubber seal after the wash cycle is complete.