I Talked with a retail appliance sale's person about two weeks ago because I had the same problem. Buy a can of country time lemonaide and put three scoops into the drum and run it through a regular wash cycle. This removes the odor. Also around the rubber door seal you can pull the rubber back from the drum side and wipe around the seal with lemon juice due to water and detergent being trapped in the seal. Once every month should do the job. It works for me.
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Sounds like the little flexible apron just in front of your washer drum has mildewed. Take a look and see if it is holding water, and look for mold while your'e at it. Use a good bathroom mold and mildew remover to kill the mess and deodorize it.
This is probably happening because the clothing is being left damp in the washer. When it is warm during the summertime mildew will grow very quickly in the towels. On front load washers you need to leave the door open when not in use to keep mildew from growing. You should wipe out behind the inner seal any moisture when you are done doing laundry. This is an issue for most front loaders. Some front loaders have a clean washer cycle that uses bleach to sanitize the drum. Other washers like the Samsung have a block of silver and release silver ions in the wash to sanitze the clothes.
Front load washers are so tight ( to seal in water ) that they tend to leave water in door gaskets and other places.. This water gets stagnant and can build up mildew etc..Home depot and other home goods stores sells a product called AFRESH and you use it about once a month ( with no clothes in washer).. It does help a bit..
Other techniques you can try would be to wipe down the gasket around the door opening after a wash is complete and to leave the door open between washes to let it air dry.. You should be using HE type laundry detergent and very little of it ( sveral drops is enough per load)..
We had a similiar problem. It was mildew in the washer and in the fabrics. We ran two or three empty loads with some bleach added in, and we leave the door open so the drum dries.
The towels and clothes we hung out in bright sunlight. The UV rays kill the mildew.
the problem is your door seal if you close the door after a wash then what happens is the water goes mouldy on the inside of the door seal what you need to do is replace the door seal you will never get rid of the smell without replacing it never close the door after a wash always leave it open to make sure its your seal the easy way is to look at the inner part of the seal and it will be mouldy only thing you can do