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how do I get rid of black gunk in washing machine?

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CandyKate Thu 06-Feb-14 22:05:42

A few months ago we were given a second hand Bosch washing machine. There was a lot of black gunk in the soap dispenser. I have used washing machine cleaners that you can get in e.g. Robert Dyus which include removing the soap dispenser and giving it all a good clean out, including the rubber seal. It seemed to work at the time but the gunk has come back, mainly in the pre-wash section that I rarely use. I've also noticed the washing having a vague mouldy smell all of a sudden.
What can I do to make it go away for good? Is the black gunk actually mould?

Cataline Thu 06-Feb-14 22:15:49

Boil wash with lots of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar should do the trick. Might take a couple of loads though.

asandwichshort Thu 06-Feb-14 22:18:42

The hottest wash, empty, with loads quite a bit of white vinegar seems to get rid of it. I have Bosch too - but it seems to come back after a while so i do the vinegar thing every 2 weeks. I take the drawer out and scrub it every now and again. The internal "hole" left by the drawer needs a bit of attention too - especially the "roof" bit shock

CandyKate Fri 07-Feb-14 08:27:38

Thanks. Is it worth soaking the drawer in a bleach solution at all?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 07-Feb-14 15:02:50

Remove the whole drawer and scrub it with an old tooth brush in the sink using an abrasive cleaner such as Cif.

Hottest empty wash possible with half a bag of soda crystals in the drum, you might have to do this a few times to shift existing gunk.

Only use washing powder, not liquid.

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