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Foul odor My clothes are coming out smelling very musty. I leave the washer door open when not in use and wipe the rubber ring inside & out after my final load for the day. How do I get rid of this smell?

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Re: foul odor

Run the washer on the hottest setting you have with nothing but a cup of bleach in the tub. Pour the bleach through the dispenser so it cleans the dispenser as well. Run the washer like this and let it complete the cycle. If the smell persists, remove the lower kick panel under the door and check the drain trap on the drain pump for anything that could be caught in the pump and making it smell. This odor can travel back into the the wash tub. If you decide to open the drain pump, however, here\'s a bit of advice. There is some residual water that stays in the drain lines and pump (this is normal). If you remove the drain trap cover, all this water will come gushing out. To avoid this, take the drain hose out of the standpipe and use a wet/dry shop vac to pull this remaining water from the tub and lines. This will save you from a big clean up later. Lastly, you mentioned you\'ve been cleaning the rubber door boot. Are you using 50/50 mix of bleach water in a spray bottle? Are you cleaning the area behind the door boot where it meets the wash tub? I ask this because once mildew sets into the rubber it\'s hard to get rid of it unless you use something with chlorine in it to kill it. Also, articles of clothing get caught in this area and can begin to smell. Not to mention, all the nasty residue left by soap and detergent. If all else fails, and you have tried all the advice, the last thing I have found that works, is to simply replace the entire door boot. Try the cleaning options first, and if you still have problems let me know. I can give you step-by-step advice on how to change the door boot if you wish to pursue it. The cost, by the way, is about $80. I hope this helps you.

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