May 3rd, 2015
Treehugger has an excellent article on issues with front loading washing machine odors. It’s a well-known issue, not to most consumers but to industry experts. There is some debate on the causes, but the main ones appear to be:
There is a company that is doing a thriving business selling products which solve the smelly washer problem, fittingly called Smelly Washer. They are succeeding, because many times these odors are not removed with standard cleaning products such as bleach. Another company called Washer Fan makes a fan you can attach to the back of the front loader, so that it provides a 24/7 flow of fresh air to the inside of the machine.