My washer was in a bad way after breaking while full of water so I followed the directions for deep cleaning using the product once a week for 3 weeks. It worked perfectly
This stuff is magical. My front loader is sparkling, including the seal! It freshens the washer, but the smell is not overpowering. Miles better than the Tide which literally gave me a headache from the scent.
We moved into our new place a few months ago that came with a high-end Samsung washer. With the first few washes, I noticed a strong bad odor. I started researching it and decided to go with this cleaner over the Affresh since we have had good experiences with that product. It did not disappoint!! After a couple of washes, the odor was gone! Now, I use it at least a couple of times a month to keep the machine smelling good.
As far as I can tell this cleaner works as well as the "other brand" tablets. These cleaning packets are enough cheaper that I just use them weekly instead of monthly. The best way to keep my washer from stinking is to just leave the door and soap tray thing opens after a load so it dries out though. These cleaning packets smell better too.