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Cleaning the outside of washer Drum

Whirlpool Duet Washer has mildew and dirt in sealing gasket and on outside of the stainless drum. How best to clean the outside of the drum?

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Hi there,

this is quite common for all front loading washers. the best way to clean is to use either Affresh or Washerfresh tables. you can purchase them at any appliance parts supplier.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008

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