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Clothes have a musty smell if left in the washer

We have found that our clothes have a musty smell if left in the washing machine for approximately 45 minutes. Heavier clothes, e.g. towels, can begin to smell musty within 30 minutes.

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Make shure to do a cleaning cycle. As well, wipe out the inside, the rubber gasket and the door when done washing for the day. We also have found that
leaving the door "Open" for several hours, when finnished, eliminates any future
smells.

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