There are a lot of sites that reccomened a mild solution of White Vinegar to remove some musty smells from towels and the washing machine. However, there are some that warn not to add vinegar to the washing machine because it is an acid and can damage the seals
Isn't vinegar a weak acid, especially compared to chlorine; which I have just wintessed what it does to toilet tank seals. So if the washer can handle Chlorine, why not vinegar?
I should also note I have a top loading machine, not a new HE.
I was considering ways to clean the clothes washing machine with out chlorine or exponentially perfumed solutions like Tide washing machine cleaner - which I almost have to leave the house for and have to run the washer many times to clean out the smell before washing clothes again.
Heavily perfumed cleaners are not an option and rarely an actual solution.
Bleach is OK, but not good for the towels....
seriously that and excessive soap makes them stiff.
Some front loaders do not evacuate enough water. These can get really bad with mildew or mold and really do need the tide washing machine cleaner regularly. Some people cannot smell it in their clothes... or they hide it with excessive perfumed fabric softener... it doesn't work it just compounds the problem.