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Foul odor from front load washing machine

Foul odor coming from Frigidaire front load washing machine for days after doing several loads of laundry. I don't see standing water or mold anywhere. Smell goes away after it's stood with door open for several days, but the smell comes back.

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Front loaders are known for building up mold and the smell.
It’s caused by using liquid detergent which is made from animal fat. Use powder. And use the minimum amount.
It’s caused by using fabric softener. Dilute it 50/50 with water.
It’s caused by the water remaining in the tub between washes. Leave the door open to allow it to dry. .
Pull the rubber door seal back and clean the mold off .

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http://www.ripoffreport.com/appliances/electrolux-home-prod/electrolux-home-products-n-am-4cd6d.htm

These spiders were removed from Frigidaire built 'Kenmore' machines.


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http://fixitnow.com/wp/2009/10/28/front-loading-washer-corrosion-contagion-a-menagerie-of-metallic-misery/

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http://www.mysears.com/aboutme/jpm0940


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