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Odor The compartment where you put soap and bleach smells moldy and mildewy. Our towles always have a mildew odor even if you wash on hot

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I had the same problem and purchased various products for my HE that is too efficient. The first product I purchased was Affresh made by Whirlpool, was expensive and did nothing. Next I found WasherFresh at Sears, works great and I've been using it ever since.  Please note I did find it at Sears Canada, not sure if it is available at Sears U.S. 

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Run a cup of vinegar thru a wash cycle, put it in like soap. i have also seen people use scolding hot water in the dispenser to disolve the soap and softner build up.

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Here are some things you can try:

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3) Clean the trap (where coins, etc. may be captured). Clean the filter.

Some High Efficiency machines have "high efficiency, HE detergents recommended for them. Does the drum have a soapy coating? If so, it will likely require at least an empty hot water cycle to get rid of the excess soap which may be responsible for the smell.

Naturally, if you are using bleach to clean the the washer door, you want to clean the bleach off too before you ruin some clothes by contact.

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