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Odor or Smell


Possible Solutions

Was the dryer used for first time?

A new dryer may have an odor. This odor will be gone after the first couple of cycles. 

Recent painting, staining or varnishing where dryer is located?

Ventilate the area where the dryer is located if it has recently been painted, stained or varnished.

When odors or fumes are gone from the area, rewash and dry the load. The odor is on the load because the dryer pulls in surrounding room air to dry the load. To avoid this, do not run the dryer while painting, varnishing or refinishing near the dryer.

To clean the dryer drum: 

  1. Make a paste with powdered laundry detergent and very warm water, or use a liquid, nonflammable household cleaner.
  2. Apply the paste  or cleaner to a soft cloth and apply to the stained area.
  3. Rub with the soft cloth until all excess dye and stains are removed.
  4. Thoroughly wipe drum with a damp cloth.
  5. Tumble a load of clean cloths or towels to dry the drum. 


NOTE: This same cleaning process can be used for cleaning stains from the dryer drum.

Were damp clothes left in washer or dryer?

A wet load left in the washer or dryer can result in odors. Rewash and dry the load to remove the odors. Promptly remove loads from the washer at the end of the wash cycle to avoid odors.


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