One issue common with all front loading washers, including LG washers, is the smell they develop over time from continued use. The cause of this smell is from humidity and moisture being trapped inside the machine. It does not matter whether you use the machine on a regular basis, or if it sits unused for a short period of time: eventually a smell becomes apparent.
While there are commercial cleaning products on the market you use with the clean cycle on LG washers, these are not always the most effective in completely getting rid of the smell. There are other more cost-effective things you can do that work much better. The two primary areas causing the smell are the rubber gasket around the door and the washer drum.
- Wipe down the rubber door gasket and drum after each laundry cycle so they are completely dry.
- Clean any mold on the door gasket using a small amount of undiluted bleach. Wait about 5 minutes after applying the bleach on the mold before wiping it off with a damp cloth, and then completely dry the door gasket. You may also use a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda in place of bleach.
- Mix about 1 quart of warm water and ¼ cup white vinegar into a bucket. Wet a cleaning rag but do not wring it out. Wipe down the inside of the drum, and then dry the drum.
- Pour about ½ cup of white vinegar into the soap dispenser and run the clean cycle on the washer. Vinegar naturally kills any bacteria growing inside your washer and gets rid of unwanted odors. For stubborn smells, add ½ cup of baking soda to the drum before starting the cycle.
- Leave the washer door open for about two hours after the last cycle. This allows any humidity to escape from the machine.
By following these tips, you will have a fresh-smelling washer all of the time. Feel free to contact us at 800-875-1533 for other useful tips, or assistance in picking out new laundry appliances.