- 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.
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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:
- 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.
- Ensure that the washing machine is empty for these cycles.
- Run the cycle at 90°C for the best results, without any laundry in the machine.
- Add one of the following homemade solutions to the washing powder drawer:
- 1 cup bleach and 1 cup baking soda
- 2 cups of vinegar, ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water
- In addition, add 1 cup of baking soda into the drum around the seal.
- Once the cycles are complete, mix a few drops of washing-up liquid into warm water.
- Use the cloth or towel to wipe down the interior of the rubber door seal with the soapy water.
- Ensure you wipe underneath and around the seal as well.
- 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!