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My maytag dishwasher MDB8750AWS has an odor while washing an after completed cycle

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Hello Thomas;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service appliance technician.

Your dish washer just need a good cleaning. Plastic is holds odors.

Pour 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher. Run on hot and heavy load. Spread 1/2 cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and let set over night. Run the dishwasher in the morning.

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Try running a load with no clothes but just bleach in it and if that does not work try a load with salt and baking soda but do not mix these with any bleach

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