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My washing machine has a strong mildew, musty smell when we haven't used it for a day. Cleaned the tap in lower left corner and use the HE soap. Help!!

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Hello Friend, Your problem is simple to resolve. This is a common issue. It is possible that the water quality being delivered to the washer could contain higher than normal amounts of micro-organisms causing the growth of mold and mildew. Basically what is happening with your washer, when not in use the washer door remains closed trapping in moisture which is the perfect invironment for mold and mildew to grow. You should run a large empty load with bleach and from now on just leave the washer door partially open when not in use. This should resolve your problem. Happy to help, Tim.

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