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Smelly Laundry

Posted by BobB on June 13th, 2002 01:48 PM
In reply to Where Does It Come From?... by Dodgeman on June 13th, 2002 12:29 PM [Go to top of thread]

Anita, Can't say for sure, but I have an idea as something similar happened to us. The key was when you said it was most noticeable on the first load. Next thursday try this experiment. Don't put any clothes in the washer. Set it to the smaallest size load, and cold water is okay (no soap). Now let the tub fill. After you have a partial tub of water, advance the control to where the machine is pumping the water out into you laundry sink. Watch the water going into your laundry sink that should be clean water, as you have not put any clothes in it. If the water is dirty, and has that sewer smell you recognize then you have located your problem.
It seems that on some older model washers, all of the water doesn't pump out of the tub, and the stuff that lays in the bottom ( you can't see it ) reacts with old soap residue and what have you, and over a period of days turns septic. On ours the fix was more expensive than the old machine was worth, and we learned to live with the problem until we could afford to replace the machine. An occasional strong bleach solution in the bottomof the tub helped, but I worried about the effect that it had on the rubber parts.
Good Luck

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