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My 2 year lold front load GE washing machine has developed a lot of mould in the rubber gasket on the front of the machine. I have tried to bleach it but the mould remains. It causes the cloths to have an unpleasant smell if they are not removed from the machine right away. What do I do to get rid of the mould? Can the front rubber gasket be removed and how do you do this? If I need to order a new one to replace the gasket, where do I order it from? Looking forward to your reply. JS Canada

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On my lg, there are two small drain holes in the folds of the gasket that got plugged up with lint and stuff, unplug them if you have them. also i leave the door open after wash to let it dry out

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