You rely on your washing machine to get your clothes clean, but if there’s black mould growing on the rubber seal, how clean are they? Washing machine seals are the perfect environment for mould to grow because they provide the damp it needs to thrive. Put a wash on and the mould is transferred to your clothes as they wash.
If your washing machine is smelly, check out how to clean a washing machine, and use this advice to get the seal pristine once more.
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How to clean the seal of your washing machine
Use a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe the door seal with a solution of washing-up liquid. The design of the seal means you’ll need to get underneath the fold, as well as clean the immediately visible surface. Work carefully, though, so you maintain the integrity of the seal.
While you’re there, you can check the seal for any of the contents of pockets that like to get lodged there – coins, paperclips or bits of the forgotten tissue that disintegrated in the wash – and remove those, too.
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Once you’re done, run a hot maintenance wash according to the washing machine manufacturer’s instructions.
The best way to stop mould growing on the seal in the future? Leave the washing machine door open for a few hours after you’ve removed a load of clean washing to let the moisture out, and clean the seal as above regularly.
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