Something has been stinky up my laundry room this summer. I thought it was the dirty clothes but today my daughter opened the machine to take out her freshly washed load and was greated my the most ghastly smell. It smelled like a wet towel that had been tossed in the hamper and forgotten for a month or two. The laundry actually smelled worse after being washed. This, combined with the fact that my laundry room is in fact just a small cubby in the back of my bedroom closet (no joke, I have to push my clothes aside to get to my washer and dryer), meant that it was time for action.
A google search on "stinky washing machine" revealed some valuable information and ultimately solved my problem. After checking out several websites, I opted to follow the directions on ApplianceAid.com. I am not a fan of bleach or Cascade, I prefer more environmetally friendly options like vinegar and Ecover or Seventh Generation, but I needed the stink to stop. At least the label on Cascade said its ok to use in my septic system.
The good news is it worked. I followed the directions on the website, although I actually let it soak for 45 minutes rather than 10-15 because I forgot about it, and the machine stinks no more!
From a frugal standpoint, I saved a service call, I already had bleach (last used two years ago when a crayon went in the dryer with some jeans and my husband didn't want to wear jeans with red stripes) and Cascade was on sale at the little store in the village. Not bad for a day's work!