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Mildew smell in Kenmore Elite HE3 (model 110.4586)

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We had this same problem. I bought some anti-microbial solution (sorry... can't remember exact name) and just poured some in the washer and let it sit overnight. Most of the smell was gone the next day. I need to do it again, though. I have a feeling that I'll be adding the stuff every now and then throughout its life.

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I found out that part of the water stays in washer that is why there is the mildew smell. Bad design.

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