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Why does my top load washing machine smells like mildew? I have tried running a couple of cycles of just

What can I do to get rid of the mildew smell in my Kenmore series 90 washing machine? I have used bleach and water and scrubbed the inside. Even ran a few empty loads with just bleach and water. It seems to be getting worse.

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Your washing machine has a plastic outer tub. Over time and the lack of using enough hot water or too much detergent can cause a scum line to build up.

A combination of undissolved detergent and fabric softener will collect and adhere to the inner wall of the outer tub.

In order to clean the inside of the outer tub, the washer cabinet has to be removed. Then the tub cover needs to be removed to gain access between the inner basket and outer tub.

To remove the cabinet see step # 2 in the link above. Once cabinet is off, the tub cover has several plastic tabs that lock onto the outer tub. Pull the tabs outward to release the tub cover and then lift off.

Look between the inner basket and the outer tub and you will see the scum line, it will probably need to be scraped and brushed clean.
by Manage My Life
July 2nd, 2007
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Top load and front loading washers have problems with mold and bacteria. CBS "The Early Show"
The dark, wet interior is the perfect place for molds and germs to grow - all they need is a food source. The user supplies the food source by using too much detergent and/or softener! If we reduce the amount of detergent and switch from softener to dryer sheets or, better yet, dryer balls we can stop mildew growth. For the only all natural washing machine cleaner available go to
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by Manage My Life
January 3rd, 2010
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