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My washer has mold on the rubber gasket and my clothew do not smell clean What do I do?

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Are you useing HE detergent? Do you leave the door open after you are done washing? do you clean your washer once a month with nothing in it but hot water and bleach? these are all things you should be doing to prevent odors and mold.

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The washer really has a foul smell and I notice some black spots on the rubber gasket around the opening. Could it be mold? Is this the problem, and can the rubber gaskets be replaced? (I just move


It does sound like mold and yes, the molding can be replaced, but I would do go to that expense. Some people prefer vinegar. Just do not mix ammonia and bleach or you will be inhaling deadly ammonium chloride gas. I would treat the washer with a spray bottle of bleach or exterior house cleaning spray. Then I would check to make sure the washer is emptying all the way (the exit hose is not plugged). After every wash in the future, I would leave the lid open for a while.

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How do you get rid of mold smell in washing machine


Hello friend, thanks for your post!

I understand that you have a mold smell developing inside of your Frigidaire washer. I would normally recommend using a clean wash cycle with either one cup of bleach or one pouch of Tide Washing Machine Cleaner. If you do not have a clean wash cycle on your washer you could also use hot water and a regular cycle with a cup of bleach to clean out your washer.

You should also check over your gasket to assure there is no mold buildup, if you do locate mold inside of your gasket you can use bleach to help get rid of any residue. I hope this information is helpful. -Matt

Sep 25, 2014 | Frigidaire Washing Machines

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How to clean the mold of the rubber


If you have mold on the rubber gasket of your Duet front loader, I can almost assure you that you have lots of mold in other places in the machine. Front loading washing machine are almost hermetically sealed and if the door is left closed, the inside just never dries out. This is just a perfect environment for the growth of mold and other fungi. Once mold gets established in materials such as rubber gaskets, it can be very difficult if not impossible to eradicate because mold grows "roots" deep into the pores of the material, making it very difficult to remove. Eradicating the mold may result in damage to the gasket since my "cure" is to paint on full strength bleach on the moldy surfaces with a brush or sponge (wear gloves). Repeat if necessary. You may wind up having to replace the front door gasket to get all of it. It will probably take more than one application to fully eradicate the mold from the VISIBLE surfaces of the rubber gasket. If you remove the detergent dispenser and peer inside the opening, you may see a lot more mold inside the cavity. If you see mold inside the detergent dispenser cavity, imagine what the rest of the inside of your machine must look like. Do you run a periodic cleaning cycle as advised in the operating manual? Have you read the operating manual? Do you use the absolute minimum amount of HE (non foaming) detergent? Factory instructions for cleaning the door gasket call for mixing 3/4 cup of bleach into 1 gallon of warm water and applying this mixture to the affected gasket area, let stand 5 minutes and wipe the area down with a dry cloth. My experience has shown that this is a grossly inadequate concentration to deal with a deeply seated mold problem in the door gasket. To run the cleaning cycle, the factory calls for 2/3 cup of bleach to be added to the bleach dispenser. "Use of more than 2/3 cup of bleach will cause product damage OVER TIME". Initially, I would definitely consider using a whole lot more bleach than recommended and run two or more consecutive cleaning cycles. Then EVERY USE OF THE MACHINE: wipe the door gasket and all the creases and folds dry with a sponge, remove the detergent dispenser and wipe the cavity dry, leave the drawer out to dry on a clean towel, leave the door open, buy a cheapy plastic box fan and place it inside the machine and let it blow air around the inside of the machine for an hour or so to dry it off quickly, run a cleaning cycle at least once a month. If this sounds too involved or difficult, I would suggest switching to a top loading washer that is much less prone to develop mold growth as air can circulate in these types of machines to a much greater extent than the front loaders.

Sep 12, 2014 | Whirlpool duet Washing Machines

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Lg from front loading washer has horrible smell


Hi- If it smells like mold then it is most likely the Tub Boot (bellows). This is the large rubber gasket that goes around the front of the washer basket. This is a huge issue with front loaders and there is really no solid remedy. You can run your hand inside the folds and see if there is a bunch of refuse in there that is stinking. Usually one will see black mold all over the rubber. A diluted bleach solution can help a bit, just be careful not to pierce the gasket or you will have a flood when the washer runs. Really the best remedy it to replace the rubber but this is often not a cheap part and often takes at least an hour for the tech to do. If the smell is more of an electrical smell (burnt rubber, plastic) then I'd get someone out to look at it. The motor or one of the electrical controllers may be shorted out. If this is the case I wouldn't use it until you determine the cause.

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Musty smell


The odor that you are experiencing may be from the growth of mold. Inside the washer, some small pools of water may be left standing and is harboring mold spores. Even though you may operate the washer regularly, the mold spores are not being washed away.I have a couple of tips that might help to eliminate odor issues in your washing machine. First, leave the lid, or door to the unit open. By leaving the door open, it promotes air circulation and evaporation of standing water. The reduction in odor, will occur quickly and dramatically. My second tip is to run the washer empty for a quick rinse cycle. Add an entire cup of bleach at the start of the cycle. The bleach is effective at destroying organisms, such as mold and bacteria. However, running it once will not be completely effective. I suggest pouring another cup of bleach into the wash tub, after the cycle has completed. This will leave bleach as the standing pool and should prevent the growth of mold or bacteria. However, if you do this, before doing a load of laundry you should run an empty rinse cycle again, to avoid damage to the clothes from the bleach left standing in the wash tub.

Aug 11, 2010 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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I have been struggling with the same issue for a long time. Regular bleach and mold-killing products did not work. But I just tried Clorox "Washing Machine Cleaner" and was amazed. I scraped off the loose mold from the rubber gasket and then painted on the product, which is thicker than bleach. After about 20 min. I scrubbed it down with water and painted a second coat on the tough areas. No more mold. I also ran some through the machine per the instructions for good measure and ran another rinse cycle. I am in no way connected to Clorox, but I am so happy to be rid of this problem. Good luck. <!-- from fixya rte -->

Jul 26, 2010 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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We've had our HE 2 plus washer for a couple years, and we have started to smell a slight mildew odor. Is there a trap someplace that needs to be cleaned, or something else I need to be looking for?


You need to use some bleach and clean the washer out. I also wipe the rubber around the door opening and leave the door open airing out the machine. The rubber gasket will grow black mold.

Aug 13, 2009 | Kenmore HE2 Plus Front Load Washer

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Musty smell in washer and clothes.water remains in rubber gasket


Two thing that you might try: Add two or three cups of bleach and have the machine run a cycle (with no clothes!!!). Second, always leave the door open after use to let it air out. Also, it wouldn't hurt to use straight bleach as a wipe to the entire rubber tub seal.

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Mildew on rubber gasket around door.


This happens when you keep the door shut. Run an empty load with extra chlorine bleach to kill the mold spores. Keep the door open to prevent mold or mildew from growing again.

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