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Stinky towels I cannot seem to get the smell out of my towels. It seems with front loaders this happens. I have a bosch Nexxt Washer. I have tried everything. Any advise....also what should I clean the tub and seal I guess the whole inside with? I leave the door open after every use.

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  • maher135 Aug 10, 2008

    Hi, I have a GE front loading washer. We bought it in April from Lowe's. About a month after we bought it my towels started smelling like mold or mildew. I leave my door open between washes like they said to. I read in the manual it said to put a cup of bleach in and run the clean basket cycle. I went back to Lowe's and he said it's the metal that the washer is made out of and hard water. He said try this washer cleaner called "affresh" so I did. I think it helped alittle bit on the following load and then we were back to smelly towels again.

  • Anonymous Aug 18, 2008

    Have (had) the same problem with my 3 year old he3t washing machine! Stinky towels!!!!! Had some towels for over 20 years and had to replace them not because they wore out but because they got stinky after washing them in my new machine!
    I have purchased a ton of new towels and they started to stink too!!! AAAARRRGGG I hate this machine. In fact, it is sitting out by our tool shed. I had an old, "old fashioned" top loader given to me - no more stinky towels! Can't believe I paid sooo much for that machine.......Can't even give it away! Glad to hear I am not the only one with this problem - was beginning to think it was just me. Other people I know with this machine have not had problems...........yet.

  • heather Aug 20, 2013

    its the fabric softner. I stopped using it on my towels and smell is gone.



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Mildew odor in towels in almost invariably being transferred from the washing machine. The clothes washer must be cleaned first then clean the smelly towels and laundry. To compare washer cleaners watch this video of Affresh and Smelly Washer...

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