How to Get Rid of Odors in Appliances

If your plates come out of the dishwasher a little stinky or your ice smells funny, the experts at Appliance Parts Company can help. Before calling on a appliance repair technician, try these fast, inexpensive fixes.

Stinky dishwasher: One of the most common causes of odor is leaving dirty dishes inside too long. Try running a rinse cycle if you’re waiting for a full load. You may also want to clean your dishwasher by removing all the racks and getting rid of food from the bottom of the machine. To remove mineral deposits, Appliance Parts Company President Bruce Swane suggests you try a product that eliminates filmy residue from glasses, dishes and silverware.

Moldy smelling washing machine:  While front loading washers seem to emit odors more often, some owners of top loading machines also notice a moldy smell. On front loaders it’s best to keep the door open when not in use so the air can circulate. An environmentally friendly solution can be used for all machines to break up mold, detergent and hard water build up. 

Smelly ice and refrigerator:  To avoid smelly ice make sure food around the icemaker is tightly sealed. If the ice already stinks, empty the bucket and check the refrigerator’s water filter to see if it needs replaced. Spilled food that collects in the crevices of your refrigerator can lead to strong odors. Use hot, soapy water to clean the shelves and trays along with the rubber seal on the door.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your appliances and maintenance products.  

Every year, Appliance Parts Company helps thousands of consumers and service technicians maximize the performance of their appliances. An authorized distributor for Whirlpool, GE and Electrolux, Appliance Parts carries items for most major brands.

The family-owned business, started in 1968, offers expert advice and special sessions for consumers and professionals interested in learning more about specific appliances. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Appliance Parts operates 13 locations in Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Utah. Visit us at

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