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Last winter, I converted our top-loading washing machine into an L2L system and switched laundry detergents from Trader Joe’s powdered detergent to ECOS liquid detergent. The system is working well except I’ve noticed mildew smell in the washer. I took the washer apart to make sure there wasn’t a sock or something stuck in the washer (none) and, in doing so, observed that 1-2 cups of rinse water backflushes up into the wash basin at the end of the rinse cycle, so there’s always standing water there. Does anyone know if conventional salt-based detergents inhibit mildew growth and if bio-compatible detergents allow or even promote mildew growth? Other ideas about cause? Thanks.

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Hi,

I’ve never heard of a difference between powdered and liquid detergents for mildew issues in washers.

Are you seeing standing water when the machine is not taken apart? If so, there is something wrong, perhaps an obstruction along the line. I’d check the diverter valve itself and then check all the outlets and potential clogging points.

If you don’t see the water in the drum but know it’s there from your investigations, then it may be normal. There is always water in the washer’s discharge hose down to the pump level.

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