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Bad smell we think because we've been washing in cold water maybe there's a build-up we've tried running vinegar then bleach etc etc still musty is it a big deal to take apart so we can clean it thoroughly?

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  • iamrb Mar 13, 2009

    Washer seems to run thru all the cycles fine, but clothes and the inside of the washer have a musky odor. We run it empty with a half gallon of bleach about once a month.

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TRY LEAVING THE LID OPEN WHEN YOUR DONE,THAT WAY AIR GETS IN THERE

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