Not long after I began using my new washing machine I noticed a musty moldy smell inside. Each time I opened the lid to add a new load of clothes, I was hit in the face by a musty moldy smell that was very unpleasant. I could not imagine why my new washing machine would smell musty or moldy, and I contacted the place of purchase to find out why it would smell musty and moldy as well as how to get rid of the smell. I received a prompt reply from an appliance technician, and the following information helped to get rid of the musty moldy smell from inside of my washing machine.
The Source of the Smell
When a moldy or musty smell develops in a washing machine, many times the smell is coming from the open areas of the agitator. Water along with soap and/or liquid softener sometimes splashes into an open agitator, and when the lid is closed it does not dry out. Instead, mold begins to form, and a musty smell wafts from inside the machine, even after the lid has been opened for an extended period of time. Until the mold is removed the washing machine will continue to smell bad, even if it is used and allowed to air dry with the lid open.
The tub can also be the source of the smell. Lint can gather and collect in the holes, and when it does not dry fast enough it ends up smelling musty and moldy. Even the top of the rim can become moldy and musty, but proper cleaning can get rid of the odor.
How to Clean the Inside to Get Rid of the Smell
To clean the inside of a washing machine that smells musty and moldy, set the washing machine to fill to the highest level with hot water. In addition, add liquid chlorine bleach to the water according to product label instructions. When the tub finishes filling, push the knob in to prevent it from agitating. Fill the washing machine further with hot water. The level should reach the top holes in the tub. Allow the machine to run through the entire course, and open the lid to allow the interior to air-dry.
Complete the cleaning process by wiping the top edge of the tub with a solution of diluted bleach and water at a ten to one ratio. In addition, use a spray bottle to mist the interior of the agitator with a ten percent solution of diluted bleach water. Once you get rid of the mold, the washing machine will not longer smell musty.
Open the Lid After Each Use
To keep the washing machine smelling fresh, open the lid after each use and allow the interior to air-dry. Do not allow clothes that have finished washing remain inside of the tub. Keeping the tub and agitator dry when not in use will keep the washing machine smelling as fresh as your newly washed and dried linens.