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Foul odor when I start a load of laundry

For the last few days every time I begin a new load of laundry a terrible smell radiates from the laundry room. It's only when the water starts going into the machine. I do have well water on a water softener and the water in the rest of the house does not have this smell. Any ideas what this could be?

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Obviously this problem exists on this manufactured machine (Cabrio). It has to do with the design of the machine and the HE detergent required to be used. We are on city water and the smell is sewage gas. Hence, do your whites last with lots of Clorox/bleach, cause the detergent isn't strong enoug to kill the bacteria growing in the pipes. That being said, P

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Try running the washer through it's cycle with a box of baking soda instead of detergent, and use hot water. Don't put anything else in during this.

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