‘Wipe away’ mould and dirt from washing machine seals in ‘minutes’

Daily Express shares washing machine cleaning hacks

Washing machine seals around the door are exposed to constant moisture which means they are at risk of developing mould. As well as mould, the door seal can also be exposed to limescale, hair, clothes fibres and bacteria from our dirty laundry. While a mouldy washing machine seal may not seem like a serious issue, it can cause an unpleasant odour to develop in washing machines which can affect the laundry.

With this in mind, fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared how they clean their washing machine seals.

The cleaning influencer and expert has more than 4.6 million followers on Instagram and has authored several books.

Fans of hers have taken to social media recently to share their own methods for solving common household and garden problems.

On one such group, Facebook user Shellie Jenkins posted: “Please can anyone help? I’d love to bring this up like new.

“Any tips would be greatly appreciated. [It’s] inside of the washing machine door.”

The post included a photo of a washing machine seal that was covered in dirt and mould.

The most suggested method for cleaning the washing machine seal was to use Astonish Mould and Mildew spray.

Tina Philpot commented: “I use Astonish Mould and Mildew and it comes up lovely.”

Anne Hyland wrote: “Astonish Mould and Mildew remover will sort it, leave it to sit on it for a while then wipe it with a damp cloth.”

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Helen Barker Giblin said: “Astonish Mould and Mildew and an electric scrubber.”

Dot Caile suggested: “Astonish Mould and Mildew spray. Leave overnight, clean and always dry the rubber after use, and always leave the door open.”

Michelle Kelly commented: “Mould and Mildew Astonish spray. Leave it on for a few minutes and wipe it off with an old cloth.”

Sharon Stoddart posted: “Astonish Mould and Mildew spray all around the rubber and also inside where the drawer goes.

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“Take the drawer out and spray that too. Leave a good while then put on a short empty wash with a dishwasher tablet in.

“Dry the machine out and leave the door and drawer open after each use.”

Patricia Pickering wrote: “Spray with Astonish Mould and Mildew overnight. [You] may have to do it more than once in the beginning.”

Astonish Mould and Mildew spray is available to buy online and from most local supermarkets.

Astonish Mould & Mildew Blaster costs 95p from Wilko and Astonish Specialist Mould & Mildew Blaster costs £2.99 from Lakeland.

Astonish Mould & Mildew Trigger Spray costs £1.20 from Ocado. The product claims to “remove tough stains without the need for scrubbing”.

Other suggestions for cleaning washing machine seals included using bleach, lemon, baking soda and white vinegar.

Victoria Gratton said: “I put bleach all around it. Left overnight then rinsed.”

Stephanie Vissers commented: “Fresh lemon. Put fresh lemon in the machine.”

Juicybits Nbobz replied: “I had that. I used half a bottle of white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. It came up brand new on a hot wash.”

Anne Mcilwaine suggested: “Soak kitchen roll in bleach and put it on it and leave overnight.”

Linda Mason said: “I started using washing powder rather than the gel and now I never get that problem.”

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