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If your washing machine puts off a foul odor, or worse, your clothes smell after washing, you’re probably wondering what’s causing it. Common causes include mold, bacteria, and mildew, especially in front load washers, which tend to trap moisture in the door gasket. This can result in that unmistakable musty smell that lingers on your clothes. What to do?

How to Get the Smell Out of Your Washing Machine

Fear not! We’re here to help you reclaim your laundry room from those unwanted smells.

Regular Cleaning: Wipe down the door gasket, drum, and detergent dispenser regularly. Leave the door open between cycles to allow the washer to dry out.

Run a Cleaning Cycle: Use a washing machine cleaner or a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and baking soda to clean the drum. Run a hot water cycle without any clothes to flush out lingering odors.

Check for Hidden Moisture: Inspect the rubber seal and drainage pump for hidden moisture or debris.

Dehumidify: If your washer smells like mildew, consider using a dehumidifier in your laundry room.

Tackle Specific Odors: For a washer that smells like rotten eggs or sewage, inspect the drain hose for blockages and clean it thoroughly.

Invest in a New Washer: If your washer continues to have issues, consider shopping a new washing machine at Aaron’s! We have a HUGE selection from top brands like GE and Samsung. Plus, you can rent to own your favorite products with flexible, affordable payment options!