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Stink When I open the lid there is a stink like moldy water. It is not from the tub. Nothing showing to leak. More like from inside where I can't see. Patty

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Run a solution of hot water and vinegar in your tub on a full cycle using the hot and cold use about 1 cup of vinegar. Just stale water that always sits in the bottom of the washer

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