How to Remove Mold From Rubber Seal On Washing Machine

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How to Remove Mold From Rubber Seal On Washing Machine

Front loader washing machines are prone to have mold build up on the rubber that seals the door. It also causes the washing machine to have a musty smell like when mold and mildew is on your dishes. Removing mold from the rubber seal on a washing machine isn’t as simple as wiping it off.

front loader washing machine and dryer

You will need to give it a good cleaning and practice some of the tips I will give you to follow every three months. This step-by-step cleaning method I will show you will be the exact method I use from personal experience with my Samsung washing machine.

What Is Mold:

Black mold

Mold is a fungus that grows in multicellular structures called hyphae. These hyphae produce the mold spores that you see inside your house and even on the outside as well. Too much exposure to mold will cause several health problems like Nasal Stiffness, Eye Irritation, Coughing, Throat Irritation, and so much more things.

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The 2 most common household mold that you will find growing in your living space that looks white or very creamy with fuzzy edges are Penicillium and Aspergillus – which has brown spores with dry patches on them.

Removing Mold From The Rubber Seal On Your Washing Machine:

This cleaning method will clean the mold off the rubber of the washing machine door and also give your washing machine a proper cleaning to remove any odor that the mold or mildew has created.

Tools Needed:

  • Spray Bottle 
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar 
  • Cleaning cloth 
  • Cleaning Container 
  • Dish Soap
  • Toothbrush

Steps To Take To Clean Mold Off Washing Machine Rubber Door Seal

1. The first thing you need to do is empty your washing machine. Ensure nothing is inside whether it is water or clothes.

2. Open the washing machine’s detergent dispenser and pour bleach in it until it is full. On the side where you would put fabric softener, you should pour some white distilled vinegar in it. This will clean out the washing machine pipes and also the washing machine drum.

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3. Put the washing machine on a 30 minute wash cycle with the water on the hottest setting and leave it until it is done. This will also get the bleach in the creases of the rubber seal that you cannot reach properly.

4. Once the 30 minutes are up the drum of the washing machine should be clean and you can focus on cleaning the rubber seal. The heat from the wash will also soften up the mold on the rubber seal.

5. Add 1 cup bleach and half a cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle and fill it with warm water. This is the cleaning solution you should use and spray into the creases of the rubber seal. Pull away some of the rubber both on the door frame and the washing machine gasket.

6. Once you did that take the toothbrush and scrub everything on the rubber seal and washing machine gasket until the mold is completely loose to where you can wire it off.

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7. Now you can add 3 tablespoons of dawn dish soap to a cleaning container and half a cup of Clorox bleach. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and dip the cleaning cloth in the water and wipe the rubber seal and the door frame rubber clean.

8. Once you are satisfied visually that the mod is gone you can give the washing machine a normal wash cycle to remove the bleach and vinegar smell that will be on the inside.

(TIP) – To prevent your washing machine from having mold build up on the rubber seals. You need to clean the washing machine rubber seals every 3 months to avoid mold and mildew build up.

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Final Thoughts:

Having a mold free washing machine will make your clothes cleaner and smell even better. Mold like to grow in wet moisture area and your washing machine is full of that so pay close attention to your washing machine.

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