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My washer smells horrible. The clothes after being washed smell horrible. I have left the door open. I have run bleach thru there 2 or 3 times in a row...didn't help. Have also run baking soda thru there. It is so bad it makes my whole 1st floor smell. HELP!

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Despite washers remain with some residual water in the pump and wet components it should no be so critical as you are indicating especially if you cleaned it as you stated. You are not describing the smell but try to isolate the source, like the washer drainage point (odors coming from sewage), behind the washer, and inside or under the washer where the mechanical components are. It wouldn't be surprising to find a dead rat, lizard or pests in there. Sometimes even wet laundry falling behind the appliances stinks strongly. Be safe moving and reaching on difficult places. Good luck.

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