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Maytag Neptune/ clothes smell like mildew

My clothes smell like mildew. I have gotten my clothes out of the washer immediately and they smell. I have tried drying with dryer sheet. I have tried line drying, they still smell..... I have taken towels out of the linen closet a week later and they smell. For 3 years, I thought it was me, now I am asking other people and they say the same thing. One girl, just went and bought another washer. I love my washer, but I hate the smell....

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Go out and buy a box of "AFFRESH". Run it according to the directions.

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