Question: How do I clean my front-load washer door seal?

Answer

Before cleaning the door seal, follow these steps: 

  1. Open the washer door and remove any clothing or items from the washer.
  2. Inspect the gray-colored seal between the door opening and the basket for soiled areas. Pull back the seal to inspect all areas under the seal and to check for small items.

 

For cleaning detergent residue: 

Detergent residue may appear as white buildup on the door seal.

  1. Use an all-purpose cleaner that is recommended for appliance use and a sponge, cloth, or nonabrasive plastic scrubbing pad to clean this residue. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for proper use of the cleaner.
  2. Wipe area thoroughly with a dry cloth and let the washer interior air dry with the door open.

For cleaning mold and mildew: 

IMPORTANT: Wear rubber gloves when cleaning for prolonged periods. Refer to the liquid chlorine bleach manufacturer's instructions for proper use.

  1. Mix a dilute solution, using ¾ cup (177 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach and one gallon (3.8 L) of warm tap water.
  2. Wipe the seal area, including under the seal, using a cloth dampened with the bleach solution.
  3. Let stand for five minutes.
  4. Wipe area thoroughly with a dry cloth and let the washer interior air dry with the door open.

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