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The rubber seal around the door of the washing machine is black and slimy. It doesn't matter how often I clean it, it comes back black.

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The problem has been caused by doing too many low temperature washes, this has allowed the bacteria to build up on the seal.
The only long term solutioin is to fit a new door seal, and do more high temp washes, at least once a month, do a 90 degree wash or hotter with powder in, but no clothes.
This is called a maintenance wash, and helps stop build up of bacteria, and keeps door seal clean.
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