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Smell in washer

My washer smells like mildew in the inside of the washer now all my clothes smell like that also. I have changed detergent a couple of times and that did not help..

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YOU SHOULD DIS CONNECT THE HOSES COMING FROM THE BACK OF WASHER AND SOAK IN BLEACH WATER ALSO CHECK THE DRAIN HOSE TO MAKE SURE WATER NOT LAING IN DRAIN HOSE CAUSING THE SMELL

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

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Vinegar will fix this! Try pouring a quart of white vinegar into the washer, then run a cycle with no clothing in the washer. When the rinse cycle begins, stop the washer. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then complete the cycle. That should do it! Afterwards, be sure to leave the door open to air dry it.

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