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There is mold on the rubber seal of the front loader washer. If I fold it back to see the drainage holes, there is mold there too. I wipe out the front now, but the washer usually smells even tho I leave the door open between loads.

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First, wipe down the affected areas with a bleach solution and hot water. Then run a long, hot cycle with the maximum amount of bleach in the dispenser. You may also leave the door open between loads as you did before, but run a dehumidifier in the room too. Mold cannot grow without moisture.... Hope this helps! Handiest1 10-1-10.

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