How To Clean Front Loader Washing Machine Rubber Seal: MaxiPad Hack
In this DIY post, I am going to show you how to clean a front loader washing machine’s rubber seal. But, I have a trick up my sleeve that is an absolute game changer … a sanitary pad.
Yes, this unexpected item is great for cleaning a washing machine’s seal because it prevents the formula from drying out and therefore allows it to work its magic.
Tools and Materials:
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1. Soak and Prepare
The first step is to take your sanitary pads and soak them in a formula. I prefer using bleach for its powerful cleaning properties.
2. Surface Cleanup
Before applying the pad, give your machine a quick spray-down with an antiviral and antibacterial cleaner. This helps remove as much surface gunk as possible, ensuring the cleaning process is even more effective.
3. Apply the Sanitary Pad
Now, take those bleach-soaked sanitary pads and place them strategically inside and over the door seal.
The pads not only apply the cleaning solution precisely but also prevent it from drying out too quickly. This ensures that the bleach has ample time to work.
This method also gives you better control, preventing the bleach from splashing inside the machine or on the surrounding surfaces.
4. Let It Sit
Leave the setup for the desired duration—I usually go for around 20 minutes.
For heavily moldy situations, consider using a specialized mold remover for optimal results.
5. Wipe and Rinse
Once the time is up, remove the pads, give the interior a good wipe, and dispose of the pads responsibly. Follow up with a wet microfiber cloth to thoroughly rinse the treated areas.
Leave the machine open to air-dry, ensuring a mold-free and pristine environment.
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There you have it, a surprisingly effective way to clean a washing machine’s rubber seal using a humble Maxi Pad.
If you've tried this method or have your own washing machine cleaning hacks, drop a comment below.