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Kenmore washer smells/mildew on rubber

My mother and I bought the same inexpensive Kenmore frontload washer about 2 years ago. They both smell horribly (I am trying the earlier solutions) plus my softener will not drain (trying that also). Our questions - the rubber that the door closes into is black with mildew. 1) Has anyone ever had that replaced? (we have sprayed with bleach) 2) Has it helped with the smell problem? 3) How did you get the smell out of your clothes and towels? 4)The detergent drawer holder (the part permanently attaced to the washer)has mildew inside. I have sprayed bleach and wiped, but I can't remove all. Please help! Thank you.

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  • alicefudge Apr 24, 2008

    My clothes never come out of the washer smelling fresh and clean. I always leave the washer door open to let air circulate and I wipe down the black rubber seal around the door after each use. I have had this problem since I purchased the washer. I do not use fabric softner, I use only the recommended e wash detergent. Any suggestions???

  • hilewe Oct 16, 2008

    my washer also has a bad smell - like wet laundry that has sat around too long. but it's not from the laundry - it's from water sitting under the drum and under the rubber in front. the water is always there and it gets "yucky." i use a towel to soak it up, but...



    how do you solve this problem???

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    I have this same problem. The gray rubber coil around the opening of the washer door hold water at the bottom, it sits in there and becomes nasty! I clean it out all the time and it never gets better. I was told that there was a kit you could purchase to fix this issue, the rubber coil is supposed to have a drain in it to release the excess water, so that is why the kit was made. Though I was also told the kit may not be available since it now is a part of the new washers that are on the market today. I'm not really happy with this front load washer and will probably never buy another one.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    My close smelled too. Run a load with just bleach - no closet. The trick is acutally simple. Never leave the door closed - only durning washing.......yup that is it. Took me 8 years to figure that one out.

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Can one purchase or order the detergent drawer holder (the part permanently attaced to the washer)has mildew inside? it is 970 serises

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The smell problem is actually because of the softener....its nassssty stuff it coats the interior of the washer and forms a grease like residue. I would use Washer Magic (available at all appliance parts retailers) (only half the container in front loaders) and a hot wash. Also keep spraying the boot with bleach and water soluiton every few hours it will dissappear after awhile. please rate my help

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