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Pink mold in outer rubber ring and mold extends to door.

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Hi,
Here is a tip that I wrote about cleaning your washing machine...

How to have a Clean Washer
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4356970-clean_washer

Make sure to leave the door open when the machine is not in use to let it dry out...

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