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Dishwasher has a smell and all the water is not being pumped out

A little water is lying in the bottom of the dishwasher, is there something I can run through to remove the smell?

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There is a product called " Dishwasher Magic " to clean, deodorize, and disinfect dishwashers. Hardware, appliance parts, and possibly grocery stores should carry it. It comes in a rectangular 12 once bottle.
Also, check to see that the drain hose loops up higher than the outlet into the drain so no water will run back into your dishwasher from the drain or disposer. Plugged up pump inlets and on some models a degraded drain pop up valve will also result in excessive water remaining in your dishwasher. You didn't state you model number in your post so I can't tell if your machine has one of those.

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