Leave the washer door and the soap dispenser tray open for a day or so to let the inside dry out. That will help prevent mildew from forming and smelling. Since my washer is in a teeny closet, I leave the closet door open enough to allow the washer door and soap tray to be open a few inches. To keep the cats from exploring behind the washer and chewing on electrical cords, I have a kettlebell weight acting as a door stop for the closet door.
One thing I have noticed about the front loader I have, I have to make sure I clean and dry the gasket inside the door really good each time after using. I also run a packet of the Tide washing machine cleaner through it every once in a while. If I don't do both of those the machine will start to smell bad. My washing machine and dryer are in my kitchen so I certainly don't want it to start smelling. I would think to if it got bad enough the clothes would also start to smell.
It looks like your front loader is different than most. Most have a plastic flap that keeps water sealed inside and it must constantly be cleaned or mold will start to grow.Wow, I'm surprised to hear all anti- front loader posts. We have had our whirlpool front loader washer and dryer set for over a decade with not a single problem. I can't remember if they are "energy savers" but they are these kind (minus Tesla of course haha) .
We had a top loader before this set and I hated it. It the clothes would always be completely sopping wet when the thing was done washing them. Water would drip all over the floor just from trying to move the laundry to the dryer. Plus the clothes were so wet they took twice as long to dry.
Well, yea, I meant under normal circumstances I can't see a reason to buy a front loader.My front loader has the rubber gasket in the machine opening, not around the door.
Some people have no choice but to use front loading machines because the laundry hook ups are in a closet that is barely bigger than the machines or they have other space contraints where a top loading door may not work.
This is my little laundry closet:
I'm not sure why Mom decided to buy a front loading washer. Her old one was a top loader with agitator so space was not an issue. It might have been because top loading HE washers weren't as efficicent as they now are and / or cost more than a front loading one.
If you have the space, a top loading washing is probably the bestWell, yea, I meant under normal circumstances I can't see a reason to buy a front loader.
If you've got a bitty closet and need to stack, front loading is the only way you can go.