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Remove mould on washing machine seals in 1 hour for good with expert’s ‘best solution’

Mould is a nightmare to remove when it builds up in washing machines, particularly when it stains the rubber seal.

Mould is one of the most common “tell-tale signs” your washing machine needs cleaning. Luckily, Michael Forbes, product specialist at AEG has shared how to remove it as well as other washing machine cleaning issues to tackle.

He noted that black, slimy residue indicates the presence of black mould which can build up and transfer onto your laundry. 

Michael said: “Rubber door seals are especially prone to this as leftover water and soap scum can aid bacteria growth.”

To combat it, he recommended that white vinegar is “the best solution” as it can “better penetrate into the rubber surface, killing the mould spores at their root”. 

Simply decant some white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray this across the affected area to soak for an hour. Wipe down afterwards using a wet, clean cloth.

To prevent it from coming back “for good”, it’s a good habit to give the rubber seals a quick wipe down after each wash cycle with a clean cloth. 

Michael said: “This will remove any leftover water residue and soap scum. It’s also best to leave the machine door open to dispel any damp air.”

Unpleasant smells are another washing machine issue. A strong rotten egg-like smell is an “indicator of bacteria build-up inside the machine” which can lead to mould growth. 

Equally, if laundry comes out smelling musty or damp this is also an indicator that “the machine’s filter needs to be cleaned”.

For the “best results”, washing machine cleaner should be added to the drum of the machine, however, a cup of baking soda mixed with half a cup of white vinegar can also be used.

Set the machine to its highest temperature wash, or if your machine has one use the cleaning cycle which will allow the cleaner to fully purge the machine of any bacteria build-up.

To prevent this from coming back, be sure to leave the door and detergent drawer slightly open after each wash to allow fresh air in.

Many also find that powdery white deposits water in the machine drum and this indicates a build-up of limescale. 

Not only can this “cause damage to the machine itself”, but also your clothes. To remove it, add half a cup of baking soda to the interior drum before selecting the hottest wash cycle available. This will help to “dissolve the limescale” in the machine.

If you have limescale build-up in the machine you should use a dedicated limescale remover like this one from Amazon for £6 or this expert-recommended product from Curry’s that retails for £14.99.

Just follow the instructions on the packet and run a cycle without any clothing. Remember it may take a number of applications to clear if there is significant build-up. 

To prevent washing machine limescale, you may wish to add a handful of soda crystals into each clothes wash. The crystals help to soften the water in the machine whilst also combating any bacteria.

When it comes to leftover detergent marks, Michael recommends adding a cup of white vinegar to the machine drum and running a full hot wash cycle. 

He said: “This will help to break down any remaining residue and remove any scum marks from the machine’s drum.”


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