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Cleaning a Front Load Washer Door Seal

Cleaning a Whirlpool Front Load Washer Door Seal

Before cleaning the door seal, follow these steps: 

  1. Open the washer door and remove any clothing or items from the washer.
  2. Inspect the gray-colored seal between the door opening and the basket for soiled areas.
  3. Pull back the seal to inspect all areas under the seal and to check for small items.

grey colored seal between door opening and basket of washer

For regular cleaning of the interior:

Use affresh® tablets to keep the interior of your washer fresh and affresh® cleaning wipes around the door seal.

Cleans even where you can't see

affresh® cleans deep inside your appliances reaching components such as the tub, racks, pump, valves, drain, and recirculation hoses.

Cleaners are available at many retailers or can be purchased here.

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For cleaning detergent residue: 

The detergent residue may appear as a white buildup on the door seal.

  1. Use an all-purpose cleaner recommended for appliance use and a sponge, cloth, or nonabrasive plastic scrubbing pad to clean this residue. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for the proper use of the cleaner.
  2. Wipe the area thoroughly with a dry cloth and let the washer interior air dry with the door open.

For cleaning mildew: 

IMPORTANT: Wear rubber gloves when cleaning for prolonged periods. Refer to the liquid chlorine bleach manufacturer's instructions for proper use.

  1. Mix a dilute solution using ¾ cup (177 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach and one gallon (3.8 L) of warm tap water.
  2. Wipe the seal area, including under the seal, using a cloth dampened with the bleach solution.
  3. Let stand for five minutes.
  4. Wipe the area thoroughly with a dry cloth and let the washer interior air dry with the door open.


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