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Water Remaining in Gasket Around Door

I have a Kenmore front-loading washer. Water remains trapped in the gasket around the door. If I don't wash clothes for a while, it sours, giving the machine a musty smell. I don't know how to get it to drain so that there's no water there.

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Normal problem all front loads all brands.. leave door open as much as possible.. to clean fill tub with hot water pour in 2 cups chlorine bleach use rag in solution wipe gasket out as good as possible allow washer to run normal cycle ..do as routine when ever odor is first noticed leaving door open will allow most of water to evaporate

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