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Stinky Clothes Washer (by LL [NV]) May 5, 2010 5:57 PM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by reid [KS]) May 5, 2010 6:02 PM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by Tom [KY]) May 5, 2010 7:22 PM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by Chris [CA]) May 5, 2010 7:46 PM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by Streetracer [RI]) May 5, 2010 8:08 PM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by 574-Brad [IN]) May 5, 2010 9:28 PM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by Virden [OH]) May 5, 2010 9:56 PM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by Hollis [MA]) May 6, 2010 3:39 AM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by NE [PA]) May 6, 2010 4:15 AM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by Pat [VA]) May 6, 2010 4:23 AM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by billy [MA]) May 6, 2010 7:16 AM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by Dale [KY]) May 6, 2010 7:23 AM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by BJS [CA]) May 6, 2010 8:14 AM
       Stinky Clothes Washer (by Mark [AL]) May 6, 2010 9:53 AM

Stinky Clothes Washer (by LL [NV]) Posted on: May 5, 2010 5:57 PM

State Specific Question About: NEVADA (NV)

I have a new tenant who recently moved into one of my rentals. She has severe "chemical sensitivites." She is a very nice lady and seems to really enjoy the rental.

One recent problem has cropped us. She says the washing machine stinks and leaves her clothes smelly. She tried cleaning with baking soda, running several loads empty and even leaving the door open to completely dry. None of these things have helped.

I suggested she use bleach or vinegar but she can not do to her medical issues. I also offered to treat the unit with bleach if she can leave for a few days but she is afraid that the remaining scent will cause her problems. I also offered to bring the unit off-site to treat but the concern for lingering bleach smells is a problem for her.

It's a new unit. The previous tenant only used it for 3 months and then the home sat vacant for 2 or 3 months before this lady moved in.

It is a stackable washer and dryer since the space will only acommodate this style. Therefore, to replace the unit will cost me around $1000.

My spouse thinks I should offer to split the cost of a new stackable washer and dryer with her. However, the house was difficult to fill and seems to be a great tenant so far. (Her previous LL loved her and said she only had one small request regarding her medical issues.)

Not sure what to do here. I really think if we resolve the washer issue that she will be fine and be a great tenant. I don't want to lose her...

Any thoughts?

Stinky Clothes Washer (by reid [KS]) Posted on: May 5, 2010 6:02 PM

Try Hydrogen peroxide and or Oxyclean. Vinegar is in lots of food and shouldn't cause her problems ?

Stinky Clothes Washer (by Tom [KY]) Posted on: May 5, 2010 7:22 PM

I have heard from good sources that front load washers are prone to odor and bacteria growth. Seems that using too much soap in the was cycle will cause many odor/maintenance issues. --98.93.xx.xx

Stinky Clothes Washer (by Chris [CA]) Posted on: May 5, 2010 7:46 PM

Clean the filter!! No way would I pay a single dollar to a solution, but try hydrogenperoxide, maybe stronger than 3%.

IMHO, you go and buy that $ 1,000 machine and a month later the same complaint will be voiced.

Stinky Clothes Washer (by Streetracer [RI]) Posted on: May 5, 2010 8:08 PM

If you have a lease then don't worry about "losing her". If you're providing a washer that works and she thinks it's stinky, let her fix it. Did she have an opportunity to smell the laundry equipment at lease signing? If so, then she probably should have since she knew about her little problem. --24.250.x.xx

Stinky Clothes Washer (by 574-Brad [IN]) Posted on: May 5, 2010 9:28 PM

My first thought was vinegar as well. Sounds like a PITA tenant in the making. What kind of medical condition does she have? No one likes the smell of bleach or vinegar. She should have moved into a bubble instead of your house.

Stinky Clothes Washer (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: May 5, 2010 9:56 PM

Someone mentioned here about using vitaminC tablets in a dishwasher and it has worked for me, if this person can not be around laundry chemicals then leave it at a laundry service place, try the vit c tablets and let us know..

Stinky Clothes Washer (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: May 6, 2010 3:39 AM

Tide makes a product just for this and available at most big Markets. Seemed to work for one of our units. --71.123.xx.xx

Stinky Clothes Washer (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 6, 2010 4:15 AM

If this is a viable medical condition, her doctor should have solution to this. Have her ask him.

Stinky Clothes Washer (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: May 6, 2010 4:23 AM

We had a tenant complain about a washer smelling bad, but it was an old machine a tenant had left behind. It does in fact stink, like machine oil? We took it out for her, she put her own in.

I have a thing about vacuums, they always smell stinky to me. I am not about to add a powder deoderizer to my Dyson though!

I complained about an Electrolux smelling "fishy" to me.... some people just have more sensitive snoots.

To be honest, I would never rent to anyone that had that problem, this is just the beginning.... :-( --71.51.xx.x

Stinky Clothes Washer (by billy [MA]) Posted on: May 6, 2010 7:16 AM

suggest she use laundramat if there is one in the town.if u buy a new one she will say that stinks too.shes too fussy.wash some of your clothes in machine.see if it really stinks. --208.58.x.xx

Stinky Clothes Washer (by Dale [KY]) Posted on: May 6, 2010 7:23 AM

I tried the Tide washing machine cleaner and it didn't seem to help my washer. A waste of my money. It might work for some people though.

I can scrub the washer tub where I can see, but there are places deep inside that can hold dirt and smells that I can't see.

Stinky Clothes Washer (by BJS [CA]) Posted on: May 6, 2010 8:14 AM

Could it be the water?

Check your hot water heater.

There is a rod in there that might have to be replaced which could be causing the problem.

Stinky Clothes Washer (by Mark [AL]) Posted on: May 6, 2010 9:53 AM

On front loads ,leave the door open when not washing.Do not leave wet clothes in unit over night.Dry immediately.

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