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Hi, set your machine to 60 degree wash, add 1/2 a cup of Washing Soda Crystals and run the machine with no washing in at all...
Your drain will sparkle. All the gunge will be cleared from the door seal, and your washer will be lovely and clean...

Add 1 desert spoonful of Washing Soda to every wash... I sprinkle it along the crease in the door seal.
There was black spotted mold festering for ages and little by little this is disappearing and the washer is keeping lovely and clean... and my drain, which was always gungy and collected leaves, is now really clean and the leaves dont stick anymore, so easy to clear away.

Washing Soda Crystals come in 1kg bags and cost around 50p from most supermarkets... They stock it at Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons for deffinate.

All the best

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