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This is caused by several things. No softener, softener not only softens the clothes, but also the water. Try this and I think you'll find your clothes will smell better. Also before you do your next load do a wash with nothing but a gallon of bleach. Sometimes if there is sometime between loads mildew will build up. Also keep your lid up between loads to let it air out. If you have cat's or kids check before you wash, ha, ha. But seriously. Let me know if I can help with anything else.
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