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My washer smells like mildew. We don't use fabric softeners and we do use HE detergents. Does my machine, WCVH6260 HWW have a filter that I need to clean? Any other thoughts.

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No filter and you named every solution that causes washers to smell so well done you know what your doing. however washers will always build up muck in them we recommend to our customers to put a hot wash of dishwasher cleaner through there machines every 6 months and it fixes the problem every time i have no idea why some clever person dosnt start selling a product to do this mmm im of to see my bank manager !!!

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moldy-smell-washing-machine-1.jpg Front-load washing machines are notorious for collecting mold.
I've had my front-loading washing machine for about four years, and it has some great advantages - it's quiet, fast, uses less water and detergent, and gently tumbles (rather than yanking) my clothes. In general, I've been so pleased with it that I was shocked one day when I opened the door and was nearly knocked unconscious by a fetid blast of moldy-smelling air!
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    moldy-smell-washing-machine-3.jpg Cleaning gasket on washer.
  • Clean Gasket: Use a rag or towel to clean the rubber door gasket on a front-loading washer with either hot soapy water or a spritz of mildew cleaner. Make sure to wipe underneath and around it as well. Be prepared for some slime and gunk, and possibly a stray sock or two!
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  • Run Cleaning Cycle: Next, run an empty wash cycle on the longest, hottest water setting (or a tub-cleaning cycle, if you have it). Add one of the following directly to the wash tub:
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    • 1 cup of baking soda.
    • 1/2 cup of powdered enzymatic dishwasher detergent (such asCascade Complete).
    • A commercial residue-busting washer cleaner (such as Affresh orSmelly Washer).
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