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My clothes smell horrible with my Ge frontloader. I have tried he detergent, cleaning the parts, bleach wash, leaving the door open. This is very frustrating considering how much it cost and the maintenance that is required and your clothes still smell. I have even replaced the front gasket. GE has not been helpful with my problem at all. i even bought the warranty. I asked them to come and get it over a year ago. I have had no response. I am stuck with a stinky front loader. If you have any advice please let me know. Thanks, Stinky clothes in Mississippi

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Make sure there are no leaks from the machine. look behind it and check the water inlet hose and connectors for any damage. Also look under the machine for any water as this may indicate a leak from the internal hose and pipe work and / or water pump. Also check that the outlet hose is completely clear of debris and soap scum build up and check that the filter is clean.

To keep the machine clean of waste build up and to keep any bad odours away
1. Remove all items from the washer.
2. Open the dispenser drawer and 2/3 cup (160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. DO NOT use more than 2/3 cup (160mL) of bleach per cycle as this will lead to product damage.
3. Close the washer door and dispenser drawer.
4. Select the Clean Washer cycle or a full wash cotton 104 F wash (40 C). DO NOT use any higher temperature as this will cause unnecessary fumes
5. Press Start and allow cycle to complete.
6. After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
7. Repeat the cleaning procedure monthly

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