How to Clean the Door Gasket of a Front-Load Washer


The gasket on a front-load washer is a rubber seal located around the door that helps it remain shut when your washing machine is running through a cycle. The gasket has a very important job and, unfortunately, it is exposed to some very nasty substances. Problems can develop with your front-load washer if your gasket is dirty, including a foul-smelling odor or even an issue with mold formation. Cleaning your gasket regularly can help avoid such occurrences.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Nonabrasive sponge
  • Bleach
  • Cloth
  • Sprinkle baking soda along the gasket of your front-load washer and allow it to sit for several minutes to absorb any odor.

  • Dampen a nonabrasive sponge with water and use it to scrub the rubber material with the baking soda.

  • Rinse the gasket with clean water. If you see any mold formations, continue cleaning.

  • Dilute 2 tbsp. of bleach in 1 gallon of water.

  • Soak a clean cloth in the bleach solution and wipe down the gasket thoroughly to remove the mold. Use your sponge if scrubbing is necessary for the removal.

  • Rinse the gasket with plain water. If odor is still an issue, continue.

  • Add 1 cup of bleach to your front-load washer's dispenser and run it through a normal wash cycle. After the cycle's end, open the washer door and allow the machine to air for a few hours to thoroughly remove the odor.


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