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Mildew smelling towels and no separate rinse cycle

I have a problem with my towels coming out of the dryer smelling good, but leaving a mildew smell on my skin when I dry.  This is especially noticeable with brown towels.  I can control it somewhat by smaller loads, occasional vinegar in the wash, hot water and extra long wash cycle.  My real question is why does this washer do that?  My top loader never did.  Is there any way to get it to add more water for better washing?  And finally, my Bosch has no separate rinse cycle and I wonder what the best way is to rig it when I only want to rinse something.

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I had the same problem. An appliance repairman recommended a washing machine cleaner sold at SMELLYWASHER.COM
He explained that the mildew smell from the towels was from detergent/fungus buildup inside the washer. After we got the washing machine smell removed we just had to soak each load in 1 teaspoon of smellywasher cleaner and the smell was gone! We had tried bleach, baking soda, vinegar, washer magic and affresh with no luck!

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The problem is your door seal if you close the door after a wash then what happens is the water goes mouldy on the inside of the door seal what you need to do is replace the door seal you will never get rid of the smell without replacing it never close the door after a wash always leave it open to make sure its your seal the easy way is to look at the inner part of the seal and it will be mouldy only thing you can do

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2. Open the dispenser drawer and add liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment.
NOTE: Do not add any detergent to the detergent compartments. Excessive suds may be produced and leak
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3. Close the dispenser drawer slowly.
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Nasty mildew smell from washing machine

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CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.

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