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I have a strange problem that I don't understand and neither did my local washer repair guy.

When a wash is on the washer fumigates the whole house with soapy salty toxic taste/ smell! 

I think we had sewer problem at the last house but I'm not sure if the dishwasher and the washer were the culprits. When I moved home recently I brought with me a house full of  saturated belongings which have a hefty salt residue all over them it's been a nightmare as it causes a mist to hang in the air when it's disturbed! It's crazy and I don't know where all this salt has come from. As there was also a smell of sulphur sometimes and I connected this to the drains.

Now in the new house my washer is giving off a terribly strong salty soapy stink and we are breathing it in! If you open the windows more comes in from the drains as it flushes down it's so potent!

I really need my washer right now as most of my things need washing.

I've never heard if this happening to anyone before it's nuts! And I'm turning into a nutjob myself trying to sort it out! I've gotten rid of a lot of stuff to minimise it. 

Also, behind the dishwasher at the old house it stank of the same potent soapy salty thing.

However, when the neighbours had a bath or did a wash my house was infected with like a spray and a stink of bath salts etc. 

Is the something in the washer? It seems contaminated and gasses off when washing. It's not just a bit soapy either it fills the upstairs and leaves your mouth burning and soapy.

I'm flummoxed. I've done hot washes with no soap and I use non bio. I have used cheap washing powder once or  twice. It's a fairly new black beko under a year old

Can anyone understand what has happened please I'd be very grateful.


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Hello, that sounds very weird. If the washing machine was exposed to something and it's coated it externally then maybe each time it heats up it is giving it off. But if you say the water being pumped down the drain also smells then the smell seems more likely to be coming from inside the machine. If the dishwasher is the same then it implies it isn't something that has got into the washing machine, or some component in the washing machine.

It sounds potentially unhealthy. The only thing I can advise it reading my article on How to get rid of washing machine smells although the article isn't aimed at something specifically like this - only trying to get rid of bad smells that are more "normal". I would definitely try distilled white vinegar as well as other tips in the article and would try washing the outside of the machine with it too. 

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