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The clothes smell if left in the washer wet overnight

If the clothes stay in the washer overnight, they smell bad in the morning. What can I do to get rid of the smell? Do I take it apart or use some chemicals to clean it?

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Wet clothes should not be left in the washer over night as mold will develop and cause a moldy odor. You could run the load through a rinse cycle with fabric softener or baking soda to get rid of the odors.

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