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Scrud! I have a build up of grey waxy substance on the outer casing of my kleenmaid front loading washing machine bowl.  have run the machine about 6 times using very hot water and washing soda on some runs, bicarb of soda and vinegar and now dishwashing detergent, but the scrud is still there. it has stained all my clothes grey :-(any other suggestions?

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Try a descaling product, like ScalexPlus by Hillmark, through your unit.

It should help to clean the bowl out for you.

If the bowl is really caked with the scrud you may need to get an authorised service person to take the machine apart and use a high pressure hose to clean it off.

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2.13.1 Scrud
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