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I can't find the manual for my washing machine. It smells, do I put bleach in the clean washer cycle?

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A better idea is to use 2 cups of white vinegar and run the empty machine on a cold water cycle. This will take care of the smell and remove any mineral deposits.

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The make products just to deodorize the machine, try Walmart for them.

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