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Musty smell If I leave my laundry in the washing machine for even an hour after the load has ended, the clothing ends up smelling very musty and gross. I thought it was normal until I was at my moms house doing and she was doing laundry and I asked if she gets the same smell when she does laundry, and she doesn't, even if the laundry has been sitting over night. I don't know how to fix this problem. Our problem is if you leave the laundry in for any time period after the wash the smell is so bad that you have to run it again. Also even if you empty the washer and put the clothes in the dryer once they are used and wet or damp the same smell but much stronger comes from the clothes. Please help us I feel like I have some rotting fish odor that just won't go away. We have 2 1/2 year old GE products and just need to figure out if its the water around our neighborhood and if so what can we do to remedy this. We already use oxiclean powder and Tide liquid with every wash and we have pulled out the washer to make sure nothing was coming out of it but we still have not figured it out.. Thank you Wendy www.steelers1966@yahoo.com

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  • llclark0519 May 23, 2009

    Same problem. Just moved back into our home that was rented out. Washer about 4 1/2 yrs old. Seems to work fine. I washed in just hot water and bleach (let it sit for a while) and put white vinegar in the rinse. No difference. I also know I need to leave the lid open whne not using. This smell is driving me crazy!

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I had this same problem and it drove my crazy. It turned out to be a buildup of fabric softener gunk under the automatic fabric softener dispenser. If you have not done so, I recommend you remove the dispenser and check under it to look for residue...most likely it is there. This residue creates the most God awful odor that I refuse to even use the dispenser anymore...it's the good old Downy Ball for me.

I hope this works for you, as I know this situation is very irritating.

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  • JennieSue Aug 17, 2011

    How does one remove dispenser?

  • 9lives359 Aug 17, 2011

    I grabbed the top of the agitator with both hands and pulled straight up...This took some elbow grease because I had never removed it before, so it was stuck pretty good. Once it was out I found the fowl smelling slime beneath.
    Good luck!

  • 9lives359 Aug 17, 2011

    Let me add that when I say top of the agitator, I mean the first 3" or so...that is where the exterior portion of the dispenser is located and is the part that will come out.

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Hey 
try following tips:

  1. Check that the drain line is clear
  2. Check the drain hose for kinks or blockages
  3. Check pump for blockages
  4. Check for build up of soap in the outer tub
  5. Check for article of clothing stuck in the outer tub
please rate my suggestion...

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