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What are some ways to clean a smelly washing machine?

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Running a complete wash cycle without any laundry or wiping the inside of the washer drum with a cleaning solution are ways to clean a smelly washing machine. This routine maintenance performed every few months help rid washers of excess moisture and mildew which contribute to odors.

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What are some ways to clean a smelly washing machine?
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Select the largest load size, fill with hot water, and pour in either 1/4 to 1/2 baking soda or two to three cups of white distilled vinegar, depending on the size of the washer. Use a sponge and a mixture of bleach and hot water to attack stubborn soap scum. Run the washer on another cycle of just plain hot water to rinse the interior before loading clothes for a regular wash cycle.

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