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Why does my washer smell like mildew? I've tried running bleach and vineger through it but it still smells.

Why does my kenmore washer smell like mildew? How do I get rid of it?

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Usually from soaking clothes after a while the foam from soap sticks to the plastic drum where the bubbles are. its usaully above water level so doesn't get rinsed very well. manually get in there and wipe it out or try overfilling a tad with hot water and try to break it loose also make sure your lint trap is clean.

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