I have a smelly washer. It smells like wet socks that have been left in the dryer for two weeks.
In other words, gross.
But I should rephrase. I HAD a smelly washer. Awhile ago, I posted a cry for help to try to get my washer odor eliminated. I'd tried EVERYTHING. I left the door open, I cleaned it out with bleach, I sprinkled holy water on it, EVERYTHING. Some things would work for a day or two, and then I'd notice that awful mildew odor creeping back.
Turns out, in most HE washers, water and detergent residue get built up behind the seal and start to form mold.
Gross, isn't it?
Anyway, one of the comments on that post was from the creator of Smelly Washer.
Smelly Washer Solution is billed as an all natural (VERY important to me) solution to smelly washer odor.
A quick email exchange later, and he agreed to send me a container for testing.
Enter a chorus of angels singing.
Because it's nearly impossible to get the water level high enough to soak the upper part of the seal, I did have to wipe behind it once with a few clorox wipes. Then I set the washer up to soak, added the Smelly Washer solution, and added some more water. It sat for hours and did its thing. (For more detailed instructions for your particular type of washer, visit the Smelly Washer Blog)
Then I set it to spin and drain. And that? That was probably the grossest part of all. Little moldy flecks were pouring into the sink and smelled AWFUL.
I repeated the process twice and then?
Then I opened the washer door and gingerly stuck my head in to smell...
It's awesome. Worth the money and the time.
I'll continue to use Smelly Washer to maintain a mildew free washer tub and I have no doubt it will continue to do its job like a charm!
For you, my lovely readers, I have a container to share! Comment on this post with the grossest description of your smelly washer smell, and I'll randomly pick a winner two weeks from today. (January 21st 2009).
Things that take mildew odor out of my washer REALLY work for me. For more Works For Me Wednesday tips, visit Rocks in My Dryer.