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Mould/gunk on the rubber seal of a Maytag MAF1300 AAW - help!

Hi there. I have a Maytag MAF1300 AAW that I'm having trouble with mould on the inner rubber door seal. The mould is not only in the crease of the lower part of the rubber seal where the water collects but I've just noticed that the mould extends up the left hand side where the water comes out and quite heavily up around the upper part of the rubber seal. I've been running the machine on the hottest wash on occasion with vinegar and bicarbonate soda (no clothes of course). And trying to remove some of the mould with JIF but is there anything else I can do? I clean out the filter once every couple of months.

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Once mold is present the only way to get rid of it is with peroxide. Any residue left will grow again.

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