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cleaning the washing machine?????

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mckenzie Fri 24-Jul-09 21:17:29

what do i use to clean the door seal with please? Water is retained sometimes in the bottom of the middle of the seal (if that makes sense grin) and it's yukky and smelly,. I guess really i should remember to wipe it dry after each time I use the machine but.....

Any ideas what i can safely clean it with please?


EldonAve Fri 24-Jul-09 21:21:33


mckenzie Fri 24-Jul-09 21:28:56

for some reason I wasn't sure it was safe to use bleach on rubber??

southeastastra Fri 24-Jul-09 21:29:34

just use kitchen paper

southeastastra Fri 24-Jul-09 21:30:14

then run hot wash with bicarb

paranoidmother Fri 24-Jul-09 21:34:41

White Vinegar works quite well to, doesn't smell like a chippy either.

Oh and a boil wash will also help. Once you've done this leave the door open, to dry and then wipe round once dry.

mckenzie Fri 24-Jul-09 21:36:52

thanks very much guys. off to see if I have any bicard or white vinegar....

southeastastra Fri 24-Jul-09 21:37:30

why do our washing machines smell so much these days

EldonAve Fri 24-Jul-09 21:38:45

mine was pongy so I did the vinegar hot wash but still yuck

a hot bio wash sorted it
apparently if you use non bio you can get grim grease build up

mckenzie Fri 24-Jul-09 21:48:41

My mum always wipes her door seal after each wash and she doesn't get any build up so I think that's the answer. It's juts a PITA though isn't it? I had some yukky clothes that I'd used in the garden today that needed washing so Im running a boil wash now (with bio) and will see what it's like after that. Is the vinegar to go into the machine or to wipe the seal with? Ditto the bicarb please. It seems I have both grin

mckenzie Sat 25-Jul-09 08:53:19

so I did the boil wash with bio detergent but the door seal still smells. Next please?

norksinmywaistband Sat 25-Jul-09 08:56:36

My neighbour was telling me how fantastic this was yesterday.
Haven't tried it myself - but she is very house proud and gushing about how good it was

meep Sat 25-Jul-09 08:57:33

I use dishwasher cleaning tablets on the hottest wash. Have also been told (by washing machine repair man) to alternate between powder and liquid detergent to prevent build up.

mckenzie Sat 25-Jul-09 09:42:12

thanks guys. I've seen that Dr Beckmann stuff in Sainsbury so i'll pick some up and try it. And that's an interesting tip meep but I think I do alternate quite a bit as i have to use different detergent for DD.

shigella92 Sat 25-Jul-09 14:02:56

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mckenzie Sat 25-Jul-09 15:30:43

thanks shigella92. I shall think about changing to powder then. Just as easy to use huh?

bamboostalks Sat 25-Jul-09 15:33:14

Even if the liquid is in tabs abd you don't pour it into the dispenser?

shigella92 Sat 25-Jul-09 17:52:38

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