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95p ‘miracle’ spray ‘guaranteed’ to remove washing machine seal mould ‘without scrubbing’


Any rubber seals that are exposed to constant moisture are at risk of developing mould. For obvious reasons, washing machines are a common victim. If not removed, the mould develops and odour and transfers onto clothing during the wash cycle. Removing this mould can take some work, but it can be done. Fans of cleaning guru Mrs Hinch have taken to social media to share their best solutions for removing mould from rubber seals.

Taking to Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page, one woman asked for advice on cleaning a “really black” washing machine seal. Natalie Jane Ellam wrote: “My mum has started cleaning for my grandparents and when she went to the washing machine the seal was really black. 

“My nana said she had tried bleaching it, however it hasn’t really touched it. Do you have ideas as to what could bring it off?”

Of the 123 comments the post received the majority claimed that this cleaning task can be tackled with a 95p item.

Lisa Collins said: “I am a care worker and pop laundry in for my clients while I am doing my calls and have come across this mould regularly and I always use Astonish Mould and Mildew spray then leave as long as you can. It never fails, also good for mould around baths. It’s only 95p in most shops.

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Rachel Oakes replied: “Astonish Mould & Mildew spray, leave it on and then just put it on a spin wash a couple of hours later. I use this for the compartment when it gets gritty and mouldy. It works miracles.”

M Arie B Odsworth wrote: “Mould and mildew spray and a lot of kitchen towel – kitchen towel on all affected areas, then soak with the spray and leave it for as long as possible, then wash off and run the machine empty on the hottest wash.”

Aurora Sullivan said: “I’d say Astonish Mould and Mildew spray, if you fully cover it with thick kitchen roll or cotton wool pads and soak it in the spray, then leave for a good eight hours. This should get rid of the mould. 

“The mould may have then stained the rubber so once the above is done, use a magic eraser and repeat the first step.”

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Laura Butt agreed: “Astonish Mould and Mildew spray and let it sit, but make sure you run the washing machine empty after to flush any residue out.”

Linda Lindsay added: “Spray it with the Astonish mould spray and leave for about an hour and put on a boil wash – it works miracles.”

Astonish Mould & Mildew Blaster can be purchased from Wilko for 95p, at Asda for 99p and at The Range for £1.

According to Astonish’s website, their product can “blast away mould and mildew stains in minutes without the need for scrubbing”. For a long lasting cleaning solution, it is recommended to use regularly to help prevent the return of mould. 

Cleaning experts at In The Wash noted that washing machine seals should be cleaned every time households run a service wash. 

They explained: “Most washing machine manufacturers will recommend that you run a service wash on your machine once a month, especially if the machine experiences heavy use or is used for clothing that is particularly grimy. Beyond this regular clean, try to regularly check the seal for any visible signs of mould growth.”

If you are unloading the machine and you notice grime on the surface of the seal, that is a key indicator that you should take the time to clean the seal as soon as you can so that the mould does not get a chance to build up.

If you’ve ever accidentally washed a tissue, you may have found it clumped inside of the rubber seal folds – always check this area after a wash to ensure no undissolved washing tabs have gotten stuck. These can be what causes some of the bad smells in a washing machine.




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