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How to clean mould from a washing machine's rubber

Updated February 21, 2017

Your washing machine is continuously exposed to conditions that are ideal for mould formation. The air inside your utility room and around your washing machine is often humid. Also, moisture, dirt and bacteria can build up around certain areas of your washing machine, including the rubber door seal. Mould on the rubber seal of your washing machine can contaminate your clothes and should be cleaned right away.

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  1. Fill a container with 250 ml (1 cup) of white vinegar and pour it into your washing machine.

  2. Leave the washing machine empty and put it on the hottest possible setting. Run one wash cycle through.

  3. Add 250 ml (1 cup) of vinegar and run the hottest cycle through once or twice more if you have an extensive mould problem on the rubber seal.

  4. Wipe down the seal with a cloth soaked in vinegar once the last cycle is complete.

  5. Keep the washing machine door open to dry. To prevent mould build-up on the rubber, leave the door open whenever the machine is not in use.

  6. Tip

    Wipe down the rubber on your washing machine with white vinegar every week or two to ensure mould never forms again.


    Always check inside your washing machine before running it, especially if you leave the door open. Pets and even small children can easily climb inside.

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Cloth

About the Author

J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.

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