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

Last updated 17/07/2020 13:06


  • How to clean the washing machine's rubber seal?

Applies to

  • washing machines


1. 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.

2. Run a number of wash cycles at 90°C without any laundry in the machine, but add a cup of sodium carbonate.

3. 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 Zanussi/Electrolux cleaner for washing machines, which is available in our webshop here.

4. If mould does not disappear with cleaning, then the seal will need to be replaced and can be purchased from our webshop here.


  • Constant washing at low temperatures and excessive use of detergents (enzyme-based) can lead to a build-up of mould 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.
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