Stinky, smelly washing machine? This is almost always a detergent problem!
Food for thought...(a rant----sort of)
Customer: "How does over-use of detergent (or the wrong type) cause black/moldy stains on my washer door gasket?"
Technician: "If suds occurs---this remains in the washer *after* the liquid wash water drains out. Creating soap
scum/curd residue. Bacteria **crave** this stuff & **grows/spreads**."
Cust: "Will my laundry get clean using the *correct* amount of "HE" detergent?"
Tech: "Yes, in fact--laundry is CLEANER. Especially whites."
Cust: "Why the heck is this a problem today? "My mother had a front loader when I was growing up---and we NEVER had
odors or moldy stains."
Tech: "Trisodium Phosphate was used in those days. TSP caused "SAPONIFICATION"---which is the chemist's way of
describing---converting of Fatty/Oily deposits into SOAP! Today---enzyme-detergent formulas are used.
Enzymes "break-down" fatty/oily deposts into smaller particles---which must be rinsed/drained with sufficient
TSP also **softens** Hard Water.
TSP breaks down Soap Scum/Curd
TSP makes laundry **soft**----"Dreft" was one of the first to use a TSP formula.
TSP was banned from laundry detergent at or about 1992."
It's REAL nice of the Soap & Detergent Industry NOT to inform their consumers of all of this.
The Soap & Detergent Industry ***knows*** that when consumers encounter problems with...
"Suds Error Messages"
Longer Than Time Displayed *Cycle Run Times*
Intermittent Water Leaks
...the consumer is NOT going to search the Bottle/Box of detergent for an 800 number to call them.
The consumer will contact the Appliance Manufacturer---and scream bloody-murder/threaten Class-Action
Lawsuits-----while the big soap executives literally laugh-all-the-way-to-the-bank.
Source: Bosch Washer. Mold on door seal
If your washing machine is already stunk up because of your detergent illiteracy, I have some de-stinkifying remedies for you here.