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Can the rubber gasket between the drum and door be removed for cleaning...it tends to become very moldy.

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It can be but don't reccomend it unless you have done it before such as a repairman.  i have found that cleaning it with bleach usually does the job.  you may want to also run about 1 cup of white vinegar through a hot water load by itself and that should alleviate any odors for the most part.  you can also by a product called washer magic at most stores.  made specifically for cleaning front loaders. 

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