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I travel a lot and the the washing machine was left closed for a few months. I now have an odor that I can't get rid of even though I have run cycles with bleach and now leave the door open when I will be away for extended periods. Any ideas how I can get rid of the musty/mildew scent in my Kenmore H3 front loading Elite washing machine?

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There is a special deodorizer available for this issue, try that...it is a common issue.

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