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My washing machine smells sour and I don't know how to cure it.

My clothes and the washer itself smells sour and like stagnant water. I tried the stuff you buy at the store and it did not help. I also tried cleaning it but the smell comes right back after one day. I am not ready to purchase another one but I am almost to that point. I would love an answer for the person who has not yet purchased a front end loader. I have a top loader agitator kenmore/whirlpool machine.

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I used 2 quartz of Clorox bleach running a full load without clothes. After that the odor has gone for good. Try that.

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

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    margeret Apr 14, 2014

    i have done this still smells

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