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How to Clean A Washing Machine Seal

Learn how to clean your washing machine seal with a step-by-step process. Clean your laundry and washing machine with utmost care with Dettol.

How to Clean A Washing Machine Seal

Washing machines are vital in our daily lives, keeping our clothes fresh and clean. However, amidst all the washing and spinning, one area that often needs to be maintained is the rubber seal of the washing machine. Over time, this rubber seal can accumulate dirt, debris, and even mould, compromising the cleanliness and efficiency of your device. 

This guide will walk you through cleaning your washing machine seal to ensure optimal hygiene and performance.


Why you should clean the washing machine rubber seal

The washing machine's rubber seal, also called the door gasket, is an integral part of the device. It creates a watertight seal between the door and the drum, preventing water from leaking during the wash cycle. 

However, if not properly maintained, the rubber seal can also become a breeding ground for mould and mildew. 

Cleaning the washing machine rubber seal needs to be done for several reasons, according to

Preventing mould and mildew: The warm and damp environment inside the washing machine provides the perfect conditions for mould and mildew to thrive which can cause unpleasant odours.

Ensuring optimal performance: A dirty and clogged rubber seal can interfere with the functioning of your washing machine. It may lead to leaks, decreased efficiency, and even damage to the device over time.

Maintaining hygiene: The washing machine seal comes into direct contact with your clothes, and any dirt or mould on it can transfer onto your laundry, defeating the purpose of washing them in the first place. 

Regular cleaning of the seal helps maintain hygiene and keep it germ-free.

The cleaning process:

Cleaning your washing machine seal may seem daunting, but it can be done effortlessly with the right approach. The process involves several steps, including:

  • Removing visible debris and dirt from the seal
  • Addressing mould and mildew growth
  • Scrubbing and sanitising the seal
  • Drying the seal and surrounding areas
  • Maintenance and prevention tips for long-term cleanliness


How to clean washing machine rubber step-by-step

Properly cleaning your washing machine seal is essential to maintain its hygiene and prevent the growth of mould and mildew. According to, here’s how to do it thoroughly: 

  1. Remove visible debris and dirt from the seal
    Inspect the rubber seal for any visible debris, lint, or dirt. Gently wipe away these particles using a soft cloth or sponge. Pay attention to the folds and crevices of the seal where dirt accumulates. This step will prepare the seal for deeper cleaning.

  2. How to remove mould from the rubber seal on the washing machine
    If you notice black mould in the washing machine seal, you need to tackle it effectively. Dettol offers a range of products designed to combat mould and mildew. You can use the powerful Dettol Mould and Mildew Remover Spray for targeted mould and mildew removal. This specially formulated spray helps eliminate mould and mildew from various surfaces, including rubber seals. You can visit Dettol Mould and Mildew Remover Spray for more information.

  3. Scrub and sanitise the seal
    After addressing the mould and mildew, it's time to give the rubber seal a thorough scrub. Create a cleaning solution by mixing equal water and mild detergent. Dip a cloth or sponge into the solution and scrub the seal, paying attention to all areas, including the folds and grooves. This will remove any remaining dirt or residue. You can also use the effective Dettol Disinfectant Spray for tougher stains or persistent mould. The Dettol Disinfectant Spray eliminates germs and helps remove tough stains and odours. To learn more about this product and make a purchase, you can visit Dettol Disinfectant Spray.

  4. Run the washing machine on a hot cycle
    It's recommended then to run a hot water cycle without any clothes. Add a cup of white vinegar or Dettol Washing Machine Cleaner to the detergent compartment. The hot water and vinegar combination will help remove any scum or buildup inside the machine, including the rubber seal. Repeat this process if you have particularly stubborn scum buildup.

  5. Dry the seal and surrounding areas
    Once the cycle is complete, ensure the machine dries completely. Use a clean, dry cloth or towel to wipe the seal and remove excess moisture. Leaving the washing machine door open for a while aids drying by allowing air circulation. This step helps prevent the mould and mildew growth in the future.

    To maintain your washing machine's cleanliness, consider using the Dettol Washing Machine Cleaner. This powerful spray removes dirt, grime, and foul odours from washing machines, including the rubber seal. 


Maintenance and prevention tips

Regularly maintaining your washing machine seal is necessary to ensure its longevity and prevent mould and mildew buildup. By following these tips, you can easily keep your front load washing machine rubber door seal clean and in top condition:

  1. Wipe the seal after each use: After each laundry cycle, take a moment to wipe the rubber door seal with a clean, damp cloth. This will help remove any moisture, detergent residue, or lint that may have accumulated.
  1. Keep the door open: Leaving the washing machine door slightly ajar when it’s not in use allows air to circulate and helps prevent the growth of mould and mildew. This simple routine significantly reduces the chances of mould developing on the rubber seal.
  1. Perform regular deep cleaning: Besides routine wiping, perform monthly deep cleanings of your washing machine seal. Follow the step-by-step process mentioned earlier in this article and add it to your cleaning routine.


For more information on laundry and washing machine care, you can visit our expert advice on laundry myths busted. Additionally, to learn more about cleaning your washing machine, including best practices and tips, you can refer to more information on how to clean your washing machine.

Incorporating these maintenance tips into your washing machine care routine ensures a clean and hygienic front-load washing machine rubber door seal. Regular cleaning and proper maintenance extend your washing machine's lifespan and contribute to cleaner and fresher laundry.

Discover exceptional cleanliness and freshness with Dettol's wide range of specially formulated laundry products that help keep your washing machine clean and your laundry smelling great every wash. 



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