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My answer will be generic, as the type of washer isn't defined here. Front loaders generally smell worse than top loaders. There are cleaners that can be tried, and the work "pretty well" for a time, but may not actually solve your problem. Look at your door seals and bellows where the washer tub mates to the door. Things tend to grow there, and can be readily removed with a good disinfectant wipe-down. The washer will also benefit from leaving the door open when the washer is not being used. This allows the surfaces that trap water (and grow the material that makes the odors) to dry out. Whenever I wipe down the seals and bellows, I run an empty load immediately thereafter with bleach in the soap dispenser, bleach in the softener dispenser, and a cup of bleach in the tub too, for good measure. I run the washer on a "sanitary" cycle (with the hottest water for the wash and rinses available), followed by another wash cycle to flush the machine out. I then leave the door open. There are more invasive techniques that yiels somewhat better results, but the method described above is usually mure than sufficient to keep the washer smellin' sweet! Try it, and if we need to go deeper, please post back. If you do re-post, please provide a bit more info....brand of washer, type (top/side loader?), and we'll give it another go.

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