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Amana ALW780QAW mold in agitator

My top load Amana (stainless tub) gets black gunk build up under the cap on the agitator where you pour the fabric softener. I am able to clean it with a screwdriver with a cloth wrapped around it then run a super capacity setting with lots of bleach. I was able to remove the agitator by pulling straight up. I took it outside and washed it with a garden hose and cleaned the tub under the agitator. I guess my question is, how do I stop the black gunk from forming? Or do I just clean more often?

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Actually sounds like fabric softener residue with dirt mixed in...it's almost like a wax if thats it. probably just have to clean it regularly..good luck! :)

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