How to clean a washing machine's rubber door seal

Worried about that funky smell coming from your washing machine, and does the rubber seal have dark marks? Read on to discover how to clean a washing machine seal.


how to clean washing machine seals

Key steps

  • Use a solution of bleach and baking soda or vinegar, baking soda, and water.
  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to the drum around the seal.
  • Run the empty machine on 90°C cycles.
  • Wipe clean with a cloth or towel dipped in a solution of washing-up liquid and water.

Washing machine smelling funny? The issue may be coming from the rubber seal on the door. In this article, we will outline step-by-step instructions on how to clean washing machine seals to ensure everything stays clean and hygienic.

After cleaning the rubber seal in your washing machine, take care to allow the area to dry thoroughly between each wash to prevent further mould, mildew or odour build-up. If you can, leave the washing machine door open.

How to clean washing machine rubber seals: tips and tricks

Read on for top tips, tricks and simple steps for you to easily learn how to clean a washing machine seal.

What do you need?

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar or bleach
  • A clean towel or cloth
  • Washing-up liquid

How to clean a washing machine rubber seal:

  1. As with the process of cleaning your machine, the easiest way to clean the rubber seal is to run a number of wash cycles first.
  2. Ensure that the washing machine is empty for these cycles.
  3. Run the cycle at 90°C for the best results, without any laundry in the machine.
  4. Add one of the following homemade solutions to the washing powder drawer:
    1. 1 cup bleach and 1 cup baking soda
    2. 2 cups of vinegar, ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water
  5. In addition, add 1 cup of baking soda into the drum around the seal.
  6. Once the cycles are complete, mix a few drops of washing-up liquid into warm water.
  7. Use the cloth or towel to wipe down the interior of the rubber door seal with the soapy water.
  8. Ensure you wipe underneath and around the seal as well.
  9. Now you know how to clean washing machine rubber, why not make sure the rest of your washing machine is clean with our guide to how to clean a washing machine?

Steps to prevent mould and mildew build-up

Keeping your machine seal mould, mildew, and odour-free between washes is not impossible if you stick to these steps:

  • When your machine has finished its wash cycle, leave the door open for a few hours to allow it to dry.
  • Always remove laundry from the washing machine as soon as the cycle ends.
  • Once a wash cycle finishes, use a towel to dry around the door opening, seal, and glass.

As you can see, learning how to clean a washing machine rubber door seal can be done in just a few steps, and it can ensure your washing machine stays clean and smells fresh for longer. Bring on the next load!

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