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I have a dirty rubber inner Bosch Maxx 1200 Front Loading Washing

I have a Bosch Maxx 1200 Front Loading Washing Machine with build up of black goo on the rubber insert around door and filter rubber - how can I clean this?

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First clean around the rubber with some mould and mildew cleaner for bathrooms - available from most supermarkets.

This is a natural accumulation of waste detergent, fabric softener, fibres and dirt build up that is being attacked by bacteria and eventually decomposes into a sludge / goo and then eventually starts smelling bad as well.

To keep the machine clean of waste build up and to keep any bad odours away:

1. Remove all items from the washer.
2. Open the dispenser drawer and 2/3 cup (160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. DO NOT use more than 2/3 cup (160mL) of bleach per cycle as this will lead to product damage.
3. Close the washer door and dispenser drawer.
4. Select the Clean Washer cycle or a full wash cotton 104 F wash (40 C). DO NOT use any higher temperature as this will cause unnecessary fumes
5. Press Start and allow cycle to complete.
6. After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
7. Repeat the cleaning procedure monthly

Posted on Oct 02, 2009

  • Sandra Stretton
    Sandra Stretton Jan 05, 2014

    Thanks I'll try your solution and let you know

  • Carolyn Orbach
    Carolyn Orbach May 31, 2014

    With all do respect, when the rubber gasket seal around the door of my front loading Bosch started with the accumulation of bad smelling gunk, I used a mixture(doesn't take much)of powdered tide with bleach,borax & hot water,use gloves for this. You'll need a wash rag you don't care about, another clean wash rag,a brush with soft bristles, butter knife & wooden shish kabob sticks. That rubber seal has nooks and crannys plus the same gunk on the seal is inside the area between the drum & motor. The first rag I use is so disgusting it goes in the trash. Next I use the other tools to get into the nooks where all that dirt hiding. Another thing to do to help keep your washer fresh is NEVER close the door completely when not in use. When I'm away I open the door completely to help keep the mold from growing. It's a design flaw in my opinion. I'll never own another one because of it. It makes me crazy. Plus theres no lint filter to clean periodically. Therefore, where does all the dirt go? It goes into the rubber gasket seal thing and the open space between the drum and motor thats where!!!

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