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Stinky washing machine

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by DanW, 3rd Oct, 2015.

  1. DanW

    DanW Well-Known Member

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    Hi all

    As the thread title - it stinks like a mouldy musty smell. Pretty badbad..

    Have done a bowl clean etc but no difference.

    Anyone have an idea what causes this and how to fix it without taking the whole thing apart?

    It's about 7 years old. Fisher and Paykel top loader.

    Thanks
     
  2. Sonamic

    Sonamic Well-Known Member

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    Run a hot load with a bottle of vinegar through it?
     
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    orangestreet Well-Known Member

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    Buy a pack of washing machine magic at your local shops (or called something similar). Follow instructions and you should have a clean washing machine.

    Also, use vinegar instead of fabric softener in the future.
     
  4. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Tricleanium from bunnings - you have to run an "empty" wash with the it. The smell is from mould behind the drum.

    The Y-man
     
  5. Ezzo

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    I use the vinegar as fabric softener and love it. The only downside is that it isn't good for the seals on the machine. Just a splash works fine.
     
  6. DanW

    DanW Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys, will try some of these
     
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    Move the washing machine to the middle of your backyard. Pour four litres of petrol in the drum and set it alight. Never buy a Kiwi washer again.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    @datto - I prefer amonium nitrate compounds over petroleum - lower emissions. ;)
     
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  10. DanW

    DanW Well-Known Member

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    So that's how you lost your mates?
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    No, just a couple of fingers :eek:
     
  12. weejimmy

    weejimmy Well-Known Member

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    I had the same. I ended up lifting out the drum and washing it on the road outside as it was covers in some black gunk stuff.
    I tried all the stuff like adding a bottle of vinaiger and baking soda etc etc. nothing worked so I took it to bits.
    Very easy job. 4 screws I think.
     
  13. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    Also can help prevent it happening again on some washing machines by leaving the door open after the cycle finishes.