How to Rid Your Washer of Pungent Odors


There is nothing worse than putting your stinky clothes through the wash and having them come out smelling the same way they did before you put them in. The root of your problem is most likely with your smelly washing machine. Lucky for all of you, we know a quick Do-It-Yourself trick that can rid your washer and clothing of the stinkiest of smells!

Dirty laundry that sits in your hamper or gym bag can result in a long lasting, unpleasant smell. If the laundry is left sitting for too long, it is often very difficult to get rid of the odor with your usual detergent.

We have found a simple, deodorizing recipe that can take the nastiest of smells out of your laundry including cigarette smoke, mildew, sweat, oils/gasoline, and more!

Rid Odors From Washing Machine

Using White Vinegar

  1. Step One: Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of water. Add this solution to your machine’s detergent container.
  2. Step Two: Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the drum and run a normal load at high heat.
  3. Step Three: Scrub any remaining dirty spots with the rough side of a sponge dipped in a solution of one part vinegar, one part water.
  4. Step Four: To maintain freshness, use detergents made for high-efficiency machines, keep the drum dry between cycles, and clean the gasket as needed.

Using White Vinegar & Baking Soda

  1. Step One: Before we get started, we should clarify that this should be process should be done in an empty washer. Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with an equivalent amount of water. Add this solution to your machine’s detergent container.
  2. Step Two: Pour two cups of white vinegar into the drum, then run the wash cycle on the high heat setting. The baking soda and vinegar pack a punch to kill any mold that may be present in your washer and remove foul odors.
  3. Step Three: Scrub away any stubborn residue that is caked onto the sides of the washer. With your mixture of one part vinegar and one part water, soak the rough side of a sponge in the mixture, and scrub away!

Rid Odors From Fabrics/Clothing

  • Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar with the detergent when your wash your clothing. This will get rid of any smell that tends to linger in fabrics. This will especially help rid your clothing of cigarette smell.
  • Wash clothes as normal, but add 1 cup of white vinegar to the final rinse. This will neutralize any remaining odors and prevent residue build-up in your fabrics. Not only can white vinegar get that nasty smell out of your fabrics, it is also a great fabric softener.

We do hope  you found this quick n’ easy DIY blog useful! If you were in need of a new fabric softener dispenser or any other washer parts, you can find them at You can find the most reliable, manufacturer approved parts for just about any washer model. Click Here Now! -> 1st Source Servall Washer Parts



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