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Why is there a stagnant (almost sewage) smell when we start a load in the Oasis top load washer?

I have a Kenmore Oasis top load washer. When we start a load there is an awful smell from the machine. It smells like stagnant water or sewage. Concerned the clothes aren't coming out clean either. Do you have any solutions?

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There are a couple of reasons washing machines smell. The most common of these is soap build up in the tub.

Step 1 Decide on the source of the smell. Typically the cause is the machine itself, but occasionally the water being used in the washer can be the source of the problem. If the smell resembles rotten eggs, you may need a water filtration system installed. After you eliminate any other possibilities, you can begin the treatment process.

Step 2 Prepare a 1/2 cup of baking soda and then 2 cups of white distilled vinegar in separate containers.

Step 3 Begin a wash cycle using the machine’s hottest setting. As the water rises, add the baking soda and vinegar separately.

Step 4 Let the washing machine complete a full cycle. If you notice any residue that has been loosened, use a cloth to wipe the surface clean.

Step 5 Run a cold water cycle to complete the process. You should immediately notice that the smell has been neutralized.

There is a product on the market called Smelly Washer, I have heard of this preparation helping in many instances. Please click on the following link.

Smelly washer
by Manage My Life
November 27th, 2009
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