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My towels smell awful after the wash cycle: what am I doing wrong?

I have tried running a cycle of vinegar, bleach, baking soda and vinegar, pinesol, you name it and i've tried it; but my washer (LG Front Loader) is only 3 years old and each time I wash towels (this problem doesn't happen with a different load) when they are done washing--they smell really bad. Im not sure what else to try. Im at my witts end. Should I throw them out and buy new or is there something I should be doing to the washer? I cleaned all around the door with CLR and bleach. I lifted up the seal and cleaned under there (boy was that blacker than crap)so I know that the unit is clean.. I've even tried washing in different temps.. help me!!

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Try this: customerservice@lge.com

Posted on Jun 01, 2007

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