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Cleaning the washing machine’s rubber seal if it's dirty

To clean the washing machine’s rubber seal if it's dirty, refer to the suggestions below for step by step instructions.

Possible causes:
  • Constant washing at low temperatures and excessive use of detergents (enzyme-based) can lead to a build-up of mold and gel-like dirt in the door seal, pipes and drum. It can block hoses, cause a bad smell in the washing machine and even leave deposits on the laundry.
  • Using too much detergent or regular washing at a low temperature. If you only wash at temperatures of 40°C or less, detergent residue and dirt will accumulate in the washing machine. This may lead to dirt, stains or greasy deposits on the seal.
The procedure for cleaning the door seal or internal parts of the washing machine is as follows:
  • If you often wash at low temperatures or choose quick wash cycles, this may cause marks or stains on laundry. Cleaning may solve this problem.
  • Run a number of wash cycles at 90°C without any laundry in the machine, but add a cup of sodium carbonate.
  • Also use the sodium carbonate on the drum in order to clean the seal.

Warning: Use extreme caution – when using sodium carbonate! Sodium carbonate irritates the skin and mucous membranes.

 Alternatively, use the special Electrolux cleaner for washing machines, which is available in our Webshop. (You can visit our Webshop by clicking on the link below).