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Mold under rubber ring (seal) around door

Has anyone had this problem and how have you resolved the problem? My washer smells too and have tried bleach and vinegar (separately) and hasn't helped. Any other ideas there would be appreciated!

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This is a common problem associated with frontloader style washers. Click on the link below and it explains why this can occur and what you can do to prevent it in the future.

http://www.fixya.com/support/r513372-front_loader_mildew_odor

I hope you find this information helpful. If you need further advice, please let me know.

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