How to Get Rid of Mildew Smell in Washer

You might take it for granted that because your washing machine cleans clothes, it should clean itself.
Eliminate mildew smells in your washer with bleach.Eliminate mildew smells in your washer with bleach.
But that's not the case. Many germs can linger in the washing machine from load to load, and because of its constant dampness, it's a good breeding ground for mildew, which can leave a musty smell in your laundry room and on your clothes. Getting rid of the musty smell is a rather simple process.

Step 1

Add 1 cup of liquid bleach to the bleach dispenser. Close the door.

Step 2

Select either the quick or normal wash setting. The normal setting is preferred, but if you're in a hurry, the quick setting will work as well.

Step 3

Select the hottest water temperature setting available. Some machines have a sanitizing setting. If available, choose the sanitizing setting.

Step 4

Run the washing machine through the complete washing cycle.

Things You Will Need

  • Liquid bleach

Tip

  • It's also a good idea to clean the dispensers and gaskets with some soapy water or a vinegar solution and a rag.

Warning

  • When adding bleach to the dispenser, be sure it doesn't splash up into your face or eyes.

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