Alright, folks, who here has ever caught a whiff of something unpleasant wafting from their trusty washing machine? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. The usual suspect? Mould hiding in the rubber seal on the machine’s door (also known as the gasket).
In our last article, we learned how to clean our washing machines. In this article, we’ll focus on the gasket. This rubber seal has a thing for moisture, making it the perfect hideout for unwelcome guests like mould and mildew.
But don’t fret, we’re here with a step-by-step guide on how to clean your washing machine’s rubber seal and keep it in tip-top shape.
Cleaning the rubber on your washing machine doesn’t require a huge investment on your part. Here are the things you’ll need:
If you’re after some safe and effective home remedies to kick that unsightly black residue to the curb, you’re in luck. We’ve got one method that uses all natural ingredients and one that uses bleach. However, both methods are straightforward and will help you give that rubber seal a good scrub.
If you’re dealing with a mouldy seal, this method is your secret weapon:
The good thing about using vinegar is that it’s all natural. You don’t have to worry about toxic fumes or your family’s health. That being said, you can’t overuse this method. If you overuse it, vinegar may end up damaging your rubber seal in time.
I’m not a huge fan of using bleach, but sometimes, it’s a necessary evil.
Note: If you do choose to clean your washing machine’s rubber seal this way, bear in mind you should take some precautions. Always air out your home when using bleach. Never mix bleach and other cleaning products. Wearing gloves, glasses, and a mask is a good idea.
Now, here’s how to clean your washing machine’s door seal using bleach and baking soda:
To rinse away any lingering dirt particles from the rubber seal. Make use of the self-cleaning function if available, or kick off an empty cycle with warm or hot water to finish the job.
To keep mould and mildew at bay on your washing machine’s rubber seal, here are the golden rules:
And remember, if, despite your valiant cleaning efforts, mould continues to be a stubborn guest, it might be time to replace the seal. Best leave this task to a seasoned washing machine repairs specialist, and you’ll have your appliance back to its prime in no time. As for cleaning, if you need us, we’re never more than a phone call away.
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