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My washing machine smells stale! If clothes are left in overnight they go smelly too.YUK!

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Your drain has lint stuck in it ,when the washers done the spin cycle the lint is still there and starts to smell when its done,remove drain hose and remove lint

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are you using different washing powder i.e. non bio. sometimes these extra soft washing powders can make your clothes smelly if left for more than a couple of hours.

are you connected to water mains or a well. well water often contain manganese and iron which can discolour and leave a smell too.

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