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I have mold on the rubber gasket between the door and the drum. I have tried to wash it with bleach but it does not come off. Is there a way to clean it or does it need to be replaced. Is it possible to replace it?

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Maytag has a kit to fix that i would call maytag

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  • 2 Lay an old towel or drop cloth on the floor under the front of the washer to prevent floor damage as you clean.
  • 3 Fill a plastic cup with bleach and dip a tooth brush into the bleach.
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