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My Daughter and us both have 2 yr old FP washing machines and our clothes smell when they get damp, mainly towels. We use all hot water, liquid tide with bleach and are even adding oxi-clean. I know several other people have complained of this also. What can we do with this piece of ****?

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Hi just read your posting.Now could you please confirm your model number for me.Also from the information in your posting when the clothes are wet they have a smell on them.Is this after the clothes have spun dry or when they are washing?Please reply on the model number and the cycle you are using with any of the options you might have chosen.Looking forward to your reply.

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