Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Consumer Question: Get Rid of Washing Machine Odors

Hi, Joe,

Re: Whirlpool HE High Efficiency Washing Machine, top load; model #WTW6800WW

When my wife is finished washing she leaves the lid open for the rest of the day and also props it open about an inch until the next time she washes. I just got an e-mail today about preventing odors and/or mold forming inside the machine.Whirlpool is advertising a product (Affresh). Have you heard of this product and would you suggest using it? It sells for $6.99 for 3 tablets and is recommended to be done monthly. Your opinion is and always has been welcomed in our household.

Thanks for your help,

A: Hi, John,

Thanks for your note. 

Isn't it a shame that you have to use a product to get rid of odors and mold in todays washing machines? I could go on forever...

Yes, the product mentioned is the manufacturer's method of solving the problem. Mine solution is to use a gallon of white vinegar in a tub full of the hottest water possible. Let it agitate for 10 minutes, sit for 24 hours, and then turn it back on to complete the cycle.

Joe Gagnon

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