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Kenmore elite washer smells

My washer smells like mold. I always leave the door open after a load and never leave clothes inside very long. How do I get rid of this oder. It is going through the entire house?

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You are probably using too much soap and softner. You only need about 1 Tablespoon of each for a full load with a front load machine. Run it with nothing it in except bleach. If you see bubbles inside that means there's left over soap in the tub. Keep running it empty (with bleach) until you don't see bubbles anymore then start using less soap.

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