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How to clean my kenmore residental washer 400

It stinks and needs to be clean

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Run it through a small load cycle with a cup of white vinegar in the water.

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SOURCE: my washer stinks. I've cleaned the rubber gasket,

It sometimes helps to use automatic dishwasher detergent in the machine with no clothes in it, with hot water. Also be sure to use HE dertergent

Posted on Oct 23, 2009

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