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A load of wet towels was left in the dryer for several days resulting in a strong mildew smell in the dryer. Nothing easy seems to be getting the smell out. Have tried washing with sloutions, baking soda, etc. Is there some part of the dryer that can be replaced that maybe holding the mildew? I noticed their is a fan or vent of some sort on the back, or some other removable part that could be replaced or be holding the mildew? Martha Rasmus

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There is a spray called NOK OUT. It is available in most pet stores or you can check it out online at www.nokout.ca . This stuff is amazing and safe!! The trapped lint in the dryer vent can hold the odors also. You can try to clean out the excess lint from the vent assembly. Remove the hose from the rear of the dryer(unplug first) and any panel that will gain access to the vent assembly. I hope that this helps...Besides its free advice.

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