How Can I Remove Stagnant Water Odor From a Washing Machine?

When water becomes stagnant in your washing machine, this probably means that your machine is not functioning correctly and needs to be repaired.

Your washing machine can sometimes have an unpleasant odor.Your washing machine can sometimes have an unpleasant odor.
However, once the washing machine is repaired and free of stagnant water, you might be left with another kind of problem to deal with. That standing water may have left behind a foul odor in your machine. Before you can use it to clean your laundry, you will need to remove the stagnant water odor.

Set your washing machine to a regular wash cycle using hot water.

Start the washing machine and wait until it is full of water.

Measure out one gallon of straight vinegar and add it to your washing machine.

Close the lid and let the regular wash cycle complete.

Open the lid and wipe out the inside of your washing machine with more straight vinegar on a cloth.

Fill the washing machine with towels and set it to the regular wash cycle again. Remove the towels after the cycle has completed.

Things You Will Need

  • Vinegar
  • Cloth

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J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.