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Mildew My front loading Elie has mildew growing inside of the large door gasget. How can I clean it?

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  • Jaydub2 Jul 22, 2008

    I am having a similar problem....I just noticed brown spots and smears on random pieces of recent white loads - almost looks like old blood smudges, but it's not. I think it may be either brown mold coming out of the gasket, or, gasp: rust. I'm going to go look at what may have accumulated in the gasket and remove it. I also plan to take a bleach-soaked rag and wipe out the channel in the gasket. Hopefully I'll catch whatever may be lurking. Can't figure out what else this might be....

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All front loads all brands have same issue with mold people today tend to use less bleach CHLORINE BLEACH that is ..allow machine to fill with hot water normal wash pour 2 cups CHLORINE BLEACH in water allow to wash a few min to mix open door and with cloth wash inside of door gasket be sure to roll gasket back and wash underneath lip allow to finish complete cycle should remove most of mold try to this every few months..also leave door open between use to allow moisture to dry out as much as possible like i said YOU ARE NOT ALONE

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