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Cleaning rags with mineral spirits were accidentally put in with the wash. How harmful is that to the machine and how can I get the smell out. I've already tried a bleach rinse as I normally do to clean the machine tub and have also tried baking soda and lastly white vinegar. Will anything help?

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It will not affect your machine but may stick around for a few cycles. Just use fabric softener and you should not notice a difference.

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