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Kenmore front load HE washer odor

The wash water from our HE washer smells like sulfur or rotten egg. Also the towels begin to smell like mildew after a very short time. We have tried some of the odor removal products on the market and they don't seem to work very well.

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How old is your machine? Mine is 5 years old, and I just started to get a "sewage" smell in my laundry room this weekend. I disconnected the water return to the sewer line and discovered lots of gunk in the hose, and the connector to the machine was completely dark green. I'm going to replace the hose, and trying to figure out if there is some sort of filter.

We only use He detergents too, so I guess this is something that just happens over time.

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Your clothes washer can be one of the dirtiest places in the home! CBS "The Early Show" did a story on how bad it can be http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5408971n
To compare Smelly Washer with Affresh watch this news report
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Or do a search for "smelly washer reviews" to read page after page of testimonials for how well Smelly Washer Cleaner works!

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Www.affresh.com this will help with odors, also make sure you are using HE detergent and little bit at that(2-3 tablespoons)

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