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Clothes smell after washing - Front Load Washer

  • Clothing Issues
  • Clothing Has Odor
  • Troubleshooting
  • Dryers, Washing Machines
  • Last Updated 09/09/2019
Cloths smell after washing - Front Load Washer

When your clothes come out with bad odor after a washing and drying cycle, your unit's drum may be dirty and needs proper cleaning maintenance. Follow the steps below to resolve the issue.

  1. Proper detergent & additive usage

    If too much detergent is used, or non-HE detergent is used, the machine will not wash properly. This is because oversudsing decreases tumbling action and does not rinse well. Furthermore, residue can build up in machine which will deposit extra detergent on clothes and deposit soil back into clothing.

    Ensure to use only HE detergents during your washing cycle.

    • Use the amount recommended by the detergent manufacturer.

    • Important: Use not more than the amount recommended by the detergent manufacturer; it's even safer to use less.

    • If you see soapsuds (bubbles that form when soap is mixed with water), use half of the recommended amount.

    • Keep reducing your detergent until no suds are seen anymore.

    • If you live in an area with soft water, it may be necessary to keep reducing to as little as 2 tablespoons, until you understand the right amount that can complete your washing cycle without any form of suds.

    • HE detergents that are 2x or 3x concentrated may require you to use even less than 2 tablespoons.

  2. Load size

    If the machine is overloaded, the machine will not wash and rinse properly because the clothing will not tumble properly. There will also not be enough detergent to clean the clothing effectively. If this is the case, remove a couple of items from the load and perform a rinse and spin.

    If washing a heavy or large load, reduce the load size and attempt to restart the cycle. The washer may display LE error code if the load is too large for the unit's motor to run effectively.

  3. Regular maintenance

    Front loaders require regular maintenance to maintain optimum performance. If this maintenance is not followed, residue can accumulate in the drum which results in detergent and soil being deposited back into the clothing. Periodically perform the required maintenance to ensure your front loader's wash performance remains optimised (once to twice a month).

    Regular maintenance includes the following:

    • Cleaning the detergent dispenser.

    • Cleaning the drain filter.

    • Wiping the door and gasket with soap and warm water.

    • Running Tub clean cycle.

    • Checking the inlet filters.

     

Author - Sanmi Ajanaku

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