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Bad smell inside dryer

After the dryer stops, and it has sit for awhile, we can smell an odor inside the dryer.I took the back off and cleaned all the lint but can still smell the odor. I have a brand new Whirlpool Electric dryer and when it sits and I go to put a load of clothes in it, when I open the door it smells terrible inside

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That's because it's brand new. See if it goes away in a month. After a load has dried leave the door open for a bit. What does it smell like?

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