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I’m in San Diego right now, attending a conference, which means one thing: while I’m gone my husband will likely do something boneheaded with an appliance.
I hate to throw him under the bus like that, but I’ve got precedent on my side. There was the time he wanted to heat up peanut butter to pour over ice cream. He put it in the microwave in a tea cup and somehow managed to blow the cup up. He likes to heat pizza up right on the oven rack, covering the bottom with smelly cheese, and setting off the smoke alarm next time I preheat the oven. He’ll probably put something in the dishwasher that shouldn’t go there (although often that’s how we discover that something actually is dishwasher safe, despite what I told him). And more times than I can count on one hand, he’s left our front-loading washing machine closed.
The thing about high-efficiency, front-loading washers is that they have to be airtight, to keep the water in. So, if you forget that you have a load in there and discover it a day or two later, it will take half a dozen vinegar-filled washes to get the smell out of the clothes. But you can’t even begin to get the smell out of the clothes until you erase the smell from the washer. Even if you leave the washer empty but closed, it will still stink like you wouldn’t believe.
I’ve used affresh to rid the washer of that smell many times, and it’s never let me down. Now, while one tablet in a regular wash cycle is just fine for maintenance, in order to get a really bad smell out, you have to bring out the big guns. Mold and mildew can build up really quickly on the rubber gasket, so you should start by giving those a thorough going over (affresh makes a great cloth for that, but I’ve also used baby wipes and wet papers towels when I didn’t have any of the cloths).
Then, run a cycle on hot water with an affresh tablet. When it’s done, open the door wide, wait about half an hour, then stick your head in. If you can still smell the mildew smell, even a little, repeat with another cycle. A really bad smell might take three cycles, but trust me: if you leave even a little bit of the smell, it will spread and grow again rather quickly.
And of course, barring any boneheaded moves by a spouse or child, the best thing to do to keep that smell away is to run an affresh cycle every month or so. I also use affresh disposer tablets monthly, which have proven better at getting rid of odors in my garbage disposal better than any other method I’ve tried, including vinegar and baking soda, and a full-sink hot water flush. I’m not always the best at keeping up on scheduled maintenance – my life is so chaotic that often things don’t get any attention until they’re already broken/ruined/lost/late/dirty beyond recognition. But I’ve learned that keeping on top of these two things saves me from having to clean something gross later.
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