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post #31 of 51
Yes, It happens alot here. I try not to let it sit but it happens. If it does get left over night I try to get it out first thing the next morning because my laundry room is off my back porch and it gets super hot (expecially in the summer) so it doesn't take it very long to start stinking.
post #32 of 51
I regularily throw a load in the machine right before I go to bed. The clothes only sit for 5-6 hours before I throw them in the dryer first thing after I make my coffee in the AM. Never had a stink problem doing that...have had the stink when forgetting the laundry for a couple days though. Man aren't stink towels the worst!!!!
post #33 of 51
I usually put laundry in the wash at night and in the dryer before I go to bed, on occasion though I'll fall asleep and wet clothes sit in my front load all night. If that happens I usually just run it through an extra 15 min rinse cycle and they have no smell or anything associated with them.

If they get left in there for a while (as dh does if I'm gone for a few days ) then I'll generally toss them outside to dry, run an empty rinse load with vinegar and dry lemon gatorade powder, and then rewash them regularly. The vinegar and lemon powder clean out any mustiness from the washer (same as it does in cleaning out a dishwasher)
post #34 of 51
I try not to, but yes, I do this periodically. I re-wash with a vinegar rinse and hope it's a load I can hang outside to freshen up.
post #35 of 51
I am so bad about leaving clothes in the washer! I have a fairly new front-loader and they ARE worse about keeping the smell in there. A couple of things I've learned may help....

1. Most front-loaders have a 'delay' button (all of the ones I've seen have them, even some of my friends who have years-old ones). You can put the clothes in at night with all the detergent in the right dispensers, but set it to start X hours later. I do this alot, so that my clothes start washing about the same time I get up, then on my way out to get the kids to school I can put them in the dryer (*IF* I remember!)

2. ALL front-loaders are recommended to only be 'sealed' when in use. You are supposed to leave the door open when it is empty. Otherwise, you are not just capturing smell in there, you are probably allowing the moisture to turn to mildew inside the seal where you can't get to it.

3. Our warranty technician told me that part of that 'smell' that sometimes builds up in front-loaders is due to too much detergent. I told him that I use the HE-type detergent, and always the lowest amount (up to the first line only). He said even less that the lowest recommended amount was best. I've done this since the washer was 6 months old, and our clothes are clean and smell fine.

4. If you do have a load that sits there for a longer period of time that you intended and you have to re-wash it, put VINEGAR in the fabric softener dispenser. The odor will be gone after the re-washing (and it won't smell like vinegar). In fact, our warranty technician also told me not to use fabric softener at all, but if I did I should water it down to half strength and still only use a small amount. This is what I normally do, but every 3rd or 4th washing I will use only vinegar (usually on a load of towels, which you don't want to be softened because they are less absorbent then).

5. Be sure to use the "Super Clean" mode periodically. This is recommended to get out any detergent build-up and odor. Basically, it is a special mode that runs the washer (empty - NO CLOTHES) and you use only bleach in the dispenser. I think all front-loaders have this mode, but if not, you can just run an all-hot, quick wash with bleach). I only do this about once every 2 months. It's obviously an expense, but I figure I'm saving lots of money on detergent and fabric softener because of #3 and #4 - not to mention the water savings from having a front-loader to begin with - and I really want to keep the thing running properly.

I hope these tips help all of you with front-loaders. Now, if anyone has a tip for how to NOT FORGET about the loads in the washer, I'll be sooooo grateful!
post #36 of 51
I never ever do this. If I leave the clothes in the washer for more than a few hours I wash them again. Yuck.

My brother's family ALWAYS is smelly. I think this is the main reason. They stink so bad and have for 10 years. I hate picking up their kids to take them somewhere, I am so embarrassed. Yes, we have talked to them in the past. It didn't help.
post #37 of 51
We do this on occasion - you can re-run the rinse cycle with 1/2-1 cup of white vinegar to remove any odor. Usually works.
post #38 of 51
My routine is to prepare and do the load late at night around 11 pm, and hang it out to dry first thing in the morning before I get the kids off to school and go to work. That's not always easy here in New England where the morning has now hit 40 degrees...me in my pj's....freezing...but the clothes never smell.
post #39 of 51
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I am so bad about leaving clothes in the washer! I have a fairly new front-loader and they ARE worse about keeping the smell in there. A couple of things I've learned may help....

1. Most front-loaders have a 'delay' button (all of the ones I've seen have them, even some of my friends who have years-old ones). You can put the clothes in at night with all the detergent in the right dispensers, but set it to start X hours later. I do this alot, so that my clothes start washing about the same time I get up, then on my way out to get the kids to school I can put them in the dryer (*IF* I remember!)

2. ALL front-loaders are recommended to only be 'sealed' when in use. You are supposed to leave the door open when it is empty. Otherwise, you are not just capturing smell in there, you are probably allowing the moisture to turn to mildew inside the seal where you can't get to it.

3. Our warranty technician told me that part of that 'smell' that sometimes builds up in front-loaders is due to too much detergent. I told him that I use the HE-type detergent, and always the lowest amount (up to the first line only). He said even less that the lowest recommended amount was best. I've done this since the washer was 6 months old, and our clothes are clean and smell fine.

4. If you do have a load that sits there for a longer period of time that you intended and you have to re-wash it, put VINEGAR in the fabric softener dispenser. The odor will be gone after the re-washing (and it won't smell like vinegar). In fact, our warranty technician also told me not to use fabric softener at all, but if I did I should water it down to half strength and still only use a small amount. This is what I normally do, but every 3rd or 4th washing I will use only vinegar (usually on a load of towels, which you don't want to be softened because they are less absorbent then).

5. Be sure to use the "Super Clean" mode periodically. This is recommended to get out any detergent build-up and odor. Basically, it is a special mode that runs the washer (empty - NO CLOTHES) and you use only bleach in the dispenser. I think all front-loaders have this mode, but if not, you can just run an all-hot, quick wash with bleach). I only do this about once every 2 months. It's obviously an expense, but I figure I'm saving lots of money on detergent and fabric softener because of #3 and #4 - not to mention the water savings from having a front-loader to begin with - and I really want to keep the thing running properly.

I hope these tips help all of you with front-loaders. Now, if anyone has a tip for how to NOT FORGET about the loads in the washer, I'll be sooooo grateful!

Thanks for all the information!
post #40 of 51
I usually tend to do a load of laundry right before bed and switch it in the morning. It is not that bad here in PA. When the weather is HOT I have to switch them fast(I tend to try to dry outdoors then) or they stink if left in for the day!
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