Have you ever forgotten about that last load of laundry and opened your washer to a big stinky mess? Or for no good reason, your front loader washer stinks to the heavens? Here's how to de-stink on the cheap.
Rewash the load, adding 1 cup each of hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol to the normal amount of detergent. Use the longest cycle and warmest water appropriate for the clothes. Dry as normal.
If it's just the washer that stinks, wash a load of whites and use bleach, detergent and hot water. If still stinky, wash again adding detergent, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol.
To keep the stink away, wash at least one load of whites with bleach each week and keep the washer lid/door open slightly.
To help get white clothes white again, try soaking overnight in plain cold water. It's not an instant fix, but I see improvement with every wash. I keep a 5 gallon utility pail in my laundry room for just that purpose. The next day, dump into the washer, drain it (usually you can choose rinse and spin; my front loader automatically drains extra water before beginning the wash cycle) and then add detergent and bleach and wash in hot water. Works better for me than OxyClean. Be careful about that bucket if you have little ones!