To remove odors, dirt and dust from the rubber lining of a washing machine, wipe down the rubber door gasket with hot soapy water or spray mildew cleaner on a cloth and wipe down the lining. A mixture of three parts hot water and bleach can also be used.
Homeowners should pull back the rubber lining and wipe down within the creases and underneath and around the lining. When applying bleach or mildew cleaners, leave the door to the washing machine open for at least five minutes to circulate the fumes.
Dirt, grime, odors, mildew and mold can also get trapped in the dispensers. Homeowners should remove the detergent dispenser and scrub it with a sponge and soapy water. It may help to use a pipe cleaner to remove residue from the crevices of the washing machine.
Once the rubber lining and dispensers have been wiped down and rinsed with a damp sponge or cloth, run an empty wash cycle using the hot water setting and a mixture of 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup bleach and a 1/2 cup of dishwasher detergent. A commercial-grade washing machine cleaner can also be used.
When cleaning with chemicals, such as bleach and soap, it is important to protect hands with rubber gloves and protect the lungs by wearing a protective mask.