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    Washing Machine, any Idea's

    Have had my washing machine for about three years.

    Why, all of a sudden has every wash I do smells, it come's out smelling as though I have put a couple of shovels of earth in with the wash!

    The wash is clean when it comes out, I do use fabric conditioner, no it's not the smell of the fabric conditoner! why, why, has it got such a funny smell to it , anyone know the answer cos I haven't a clue!

    Its really begining to bug me!

    17 Comments

    Does your water smell? Not a daft question. Do you have mains or tanked water?

    Original Poster

    No, it comes staight from the tap from the combi bolier, No Tank.

    Check the filter (usually at the bottom of machine.) It is definetly stagnant water between the drum and pump. There will be a little U shaped basket that catches coins and buttons. Probably full of fluff.

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    Sounds like the waste water may not be getting away properly, have you checked to see if the waste outlet is blocked?, you can usually screw an access panel out on the front of the machine just above ground level.

    Alternatively, how often do you use the machine?, if it's only once or twice a week the water in the machine may becomming a bit stagnant.

    Or!, the inside of the machine isn't drying out properly, cure this by leaving the door to the machine open overnight, any moisture should evaporate.

    hope that helps :-D

    Try putting it on a hot wash with whites, mine does this if I use it on low temps for a long while, I think it gets kinda EEeeewww in the works (not the technical term) seems to clear it anyway

    adp;3218358

    No, it comes staight from the tap from the combi bolier, No Tank.



    Ok ...check the filters it could be clogged and give you a smell (bit like wet dog syndrome). Also check the waste outflow --to ensure the water is getting away properly after a wash.

    Sorry ...slow typer ^^^ per the guys answers.

    Original Poster

    Haven't looked at the filter will do though, Machine get's used every day with 5 of us in the house, To be honest it's not even as if the clothes are really ground in dirt! Will give any suggestions a go.Thanks

    After you do the above, pour some water (a few panloads) into the machine and put it on a fast spin. Make sure the filter door is shut Then recheck the filter. Is there any water left in that area? If there is, pull the U shaped basket completely out, and with your finger pull out any debris you might feel.

    Predikuesi;3218411

    After you do the above, pour some water (a few panloads) into the machine … After you do the above, pour some water (a few panloads) into the machine and put it on a fast spin. Make sure the filter door is shut Then recheck the filter. Is there any water left in that area? If there is, pull the U shaped basket completely out, and with your finger pull out any debris you might feel.


    Good advice predi, just to add on to that put a cup of soda crystals (55p in wilkos for a kilo bag) in the detergent drawer when you do this, we do this weekly as it really does clean the internal pipeworks from gunk.

    clean out the bit where u put the fabric conditioner...goe really mank and smelly quickly!

    harlzter;3218486

    Good advice predi, just to add on to that put a cup of soda crystals (55p … Good advice predi, just to add on to that put a cup of soda crystals (55p in wilkos for a kilo bag) in the detergent drawer when you do this, we do this weekly as it really does clean the internal pipeworks from gunk.



    Adding a cup of white vinegar also helps descale the pipes etc.

    Original Poster

    Have done the fabric dispenser bit.

    Banned

    My gran had the same problem and you can buy some tablets form tesco, probably lots of other stores too, that clean out the waste pipe. Your machine isnt broken, its just all the gunk that gets stuck in the pipe when getting rid of the dirty water and in turn makes your clothes smell like, well poo! The tablets are about 2 or 3 pounds i think, her washing smells fine now

    caraluvskittens;3218705

    My gran had the same problem and you can buy some tablets form tesco, … My gran had the same problem and you can buy some tablets form tesco, probably lots of other stores too, that clean out the waste pipe. Your machine isnt broken, its just all the gunk that gets stuck in the pipe when getting rid of the dirty water and in turn makes your clothes smell like, well poo! The tablets are about 2 or 3 pounds i think, her washing smells fine now



    Called calgon, they are descalers, a hot wash with soda crystals and white vinegar should do the same job.

    If it's a smell like a dirty damp dishcloth then it's because you have dislodged the build up of soap scum etc.

    I use my machine every single day ( usually twice a day) and mostly on a fast wash which is only 35°. I was told by a washing machine engineer that I should run a hot wash of at least 60° once a week to keep the pipes clear of the scum, otherwise that first hot wash in ages will dislodge it and make it stink.

    If it is this smell then it will go away, especially if you use some soda crystals as already suggested, it just needs to flush through.

    Rockhound;3218346

    Does your water smell? Not a daft question.



    Said the Urologist! ;-)

    Seriously...
    I think most washing machines instruction manuals advise you to run an empty boil wash at least every two weeks, but again suggest soda crystals and white vinegar as the way to go.

    kidcat;3218624

    Adding a cup of white vinegar also helps descale the pipes etc.



    We've had a washing machine repair chap round this week and he said not to do this as the vinegar affects the rubber seals in your machine.
    He reckons the best thing to do is run the machine at its hottest setting with no laundry in it 2 or 3 times a year.
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