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First check the rubber seals to note if it has become slippery too. If so clean them well so that the slimy layer is gone. Next fill up the machine with water, muratic acid, detergent, I teaspoonful of lemon extract and half a teaspoon of vinegar and a slice old but not dried tamarind pith and run the washer well. After that fill it up with clean water and chlorinate the water upto 10% chlorination and let it run for a while. After that drain and wipe dry. If it can be rolled out under a hot sun, even better.............sodeep

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As with any home appliance, your washing machine requires regular maintenance and upkeep to ensure optimal performance. Washing machines can develop a foul odor after long-term use, and this odor will affect the cleanliness of your laundry. (Please note that the following steps are --> --> maytag top loader -- mold - lg.php?category_id=6&content_type=article&content_type_id=397607&key_page=702171722100359967&site_id=1&bannerid=501&campaignid=37&zoneid=2&loc=1&referer=http%3a%2f%2fwww.associatedcontent.com%2farticle%2f397607%2fhow_to_clean_your_toploading_washing.html&cb=0a8dae4365 window.google_render_ad(); intended for owners of top-loading machines, not front-loaders.)

Step 1 - With your machine empty, run it full of hot water to the largest load setting. When the tub is full and begins to agitate, add 3 to 4 cups of distilled white vinegar to the water. Then add ½ cup of baking soda. Allow the machine to agitate for a few moments, then turn off the machine. Let the water sit for thirty minutes to one hour.

Step 2 - After allowing the vinegar/baking soda mixture to penetrate the grime in the washing machine tub, restart the machine, allowing it to complete the wash cycle. At the end of the wash cycle, as the tub begins to drain, advance the washing machine to the spin cycle. On many washing machines, this will cause the washing machine to spin as it drains, which can help to further loosen any residue. If yours doesn't do this, simply allow it to drain. Turn off the machine.

Step 3 - Wipe the inside of the washing machine tub with a wet cloth. If desired, use a cloth soaked in a solution of half hot water and half white vinegar. Be sure to wipe all inside surfaces, including the bottom and blades of the agitator and the top of the tub just under the lid. (It is sometimes helpful to use a wire toilet brush around the top rim and in hard-to-reach places.) If the washing machine has a fabric softener and/or a bleach dispenser, remove these and clean thoroughly before replacing.

If after following these steps the odor remains, the washing machine may have build-up in some of the inner parts. If your washing machine is still under warranty, contact the manufacturer for a repair person to check it out. If not, contact your local appliance repair shop, and they should be able to clean the machine for you.
If the mold has already permeated the rubber - change it, as it will continue to re-appear. Also - leave the lid open when not in use to minimize moisture.

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***If you are mold-sensitive, wear gloves and breathing apparatus or have someone do this for you.***

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