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Strong mildew smell in washer is making cloths & towels smell bad, how do you get rid of the problem?

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If you look inside washer there is a rubber rim on the inside around the openning. Look inside and you will find where the stink is coming from. Keep door open when not in use and wipe inside of rubber trim to keep the mildew out.

I use tilex sometimes and do a rinse spin.

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