How to clean the door seal of a washing machine

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How to clean the door seal of a washing machine
Keeping the seal on your washer's door clean (laundry image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

The seal on the door of a front loading washing machine is imperative to keep the water inside and prevent leaks. Over time, with exposure to water and debris that comes from washing clothes, the seal can become dirty and will need to be cleaned periodically. Cleaning the seal is a worthwhile time investment that helps keep both your washing machine and your clothes clean.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 clean cloths
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Toothbrush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Dampen a clean cloth with water, and wipe around the seal of the door to remove any loose dirt or debris.

  2. 2

    Mix a weak solution of one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water.

  3. 3

    Dip a clean cloth in the solution and use it to wipe the seal. For harder to reach dirt and grime, use an old toothbrush dipped in the solution.

  4. 4

    Rinse the seal with a clean damp cloth to finish removing any last bits of grime.

  5. 5

    Wipe the seal dry with a clean dry cloth.

  6. 6

    Allow the door to remain open for at least half an hour to let the seal finish air drying.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasives when cleaning the seal, since these may damage it.

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