Destankify Your Washer with Smelly Washer Cleaner

by anna on November 29, 2008

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I have this annoying habit of leaving the wash in the washer so long that it starts to develop a musty smell. I don’t mean to do it, it’s just that the washer we have runs very long cycles, like way way longer than my attention span, so by the time it’s done, I’ve totally moved on to something else. And so I put the stuff in the dryer, but sometimes it comes out smelly and I have to wash it again.

So then I started doing this thing where I put a rubber band on my wrist whenever there’s a load in. That way, it’s much harder for me to forget to put it in the dryer. And this system works pretty well. Only thing is, sometimes the towels were coming out stinky anyway. So then I started getting really annoyed.

Then, I was reading Apartment Therapy, as I am wont to do, and I came across this post about a product called Smelly Washer Cleaner . And it was just in time, too, because I had already thrown away one towel for being so stinky, and I had cleaned myself off with a stanky towel enough times that I was really starting to get pissed off. Apparently, front-loading machines have an increased incidence of mildew because of the buildup of detergents, which can cover the inside of the drum and the door. Top-loaders still might have some problems with mildew, but there is less area that is prone to buildup. Figures that the new fancified kind of washers are the ones to have this problem, eh?

Anyway, I ordered some of this Smelly Washer stuff and ran an empty load with it to remove the buildup from the washer. Then, I put in a teaspoon with a load of towels. And guess what? The funky smell is gone! Smelly Washer Cleaner rules!

{ 5 comments }

Laurin {Laurin and Kelly Talk} November 29, 2008 at 9:22 am

I bought it and came back to comment. My front loader is rank. I bought some tablets once, but they were expensive and didn’t work. This is pretty cost effective for a year’s supply. Thanks for the tip.

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anna November 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Yeah, it totally works. You might have to run it a couple times in your washer to get the smell out, but just keep doing it, it will go away. Same thing with all the towels, I couldn’t believe it!

shonda November 29, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I have that same habit, so perhaps I will hook it up.

Also, I think you should re-title this “Happy Skanksgiving.” I tried to think of something to blog about that would be appropriate for that title, but never came up with anything.

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Casey November 29, 2008 at 6:41 pm

I ALWAYS forget to switch the clothes and leave them overnight. I think I’ll have to get some of this stuff…

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anna December 1, 2008 at 2:23 pm

See, I knew a bunch of other people must have this problem. Those people at Smelly Washer should give me a cut. Note to self: negotiate piece of the action before doing next review.

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