Clean case: Front-loading washer ‘stench’ at the middle of class-action lawsuits

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(KFOR) WASHINGTON – After front-loading washing machines hit the market, some consumers began complaining about an unusual smell to their clothes.

Recently, customers have been suing the manufacturers of the machines, claiming a design flaw caused a musty odor or mold to grow in the machines.

The companies claimed only a small number of machines had problems.

The makers filed an appeal to the Supreme Court, saying the claims are not similar enough to justify a class-action lawsuit.

However, the justices have decided to not get involved in the legal battle.

That means attorneys for consumers can now continue to pursue their cases against Whirlpool Corp., Sears Holdings Corp and others in the lower courts.


  • Robin Huff

    when ever i opened the door to my front load washer and smelled a musty odor , i would buy a box of tide washing machine cleaner the directions on the box are very simple to follow. as for musty smelling clothes that was due to my own fought for forgetting that i did a load of laundry. if you leave a load of laundry and leave them in washer longer then 24 hrs they will smell musty and you will need to rewash. other then that i never had a problem with odors coming from the washer.

  • Peggy Wolfe

    I would have this smell in mine also but I just started letting mine cracked open when not in use. I know thwre are things out there on the internet showing you how to deep clean your washer also besides the Tide Washing machine cleaner, but I have not tried to do the deep cleaning on it.

  • Ed L

    If people would read the instructions! Leave the door open! The same thing can happen to top load washers. We've had our front load washer and dryer for 4 years now and no problem with smell or mold.

  • Frontloader owner

    The lesson is commercial units are different than residential. You have to read the directions and take care of the units you have and you will not have those problems. Isn't it common sense to lock up that moisture will create odor and mildew?

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