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    SAN ANTONIO – So much for fresh as a spring breeze laundry. Deirdre Myles says her front-loading washing machine stinks. “It smells like a damp basement,” she said. The problem isn’t new. Smelly washers with mold have been a problem for about 20 years. And, despite design changes, some issues have persisted. GE went back to the drawing board and came out with a new front-loader designed to eliminate excess moisture. Consumer Reports tested it and found it did reduce humidity in the drum, but it’s not a guarantee that mold and bacteria won’t grow. “Mold spores can be found anywhere you wear your clothes,” Consumer Reports' Sara Morrow Harcourt said. “So you actually toss them into the washer where there might be residual detergent, leftover lint, hair and other organic material. Add to that lingering moisture in the machine, and mold can flourish.” To combat the odors, Consumer Reports says it’s essential to use the correct amount of HE detergent. Also, run the cleaning cycle regularly or run an empty hot load with a cup of bleach. After...
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