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Mildew smell My machine is only a year old and for 3 months now it has a strong,nasty mildew smell. What do I do to get rid of this problem??? Please help as it is making us sick!!!

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Re: mildew smell

Try doing just a hot bleach water "load".  Also check underneath and around the machine to make sure it's not leaking.  If it did or is and you can see the mildew just spray it with bleach.

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