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Can the doors on the washer and dryer be reversed? and the washer always smells like mildew.

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You can reverse the dryer door, but not the washer.

For the smell, use a washer cleaner (like affersh) or run a cycle with bleach only , no clothes. If the washer has a clean washer cycle on it, utilize it. Also, leave the door cracked after a wash, and make sure you are not using too much soap and/or fabric softener

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