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HE Washer & Bleach

By Dr. Laundry January 12, 2010

Q. The manual for my HE washer says “Warning. DO NOT use chlorine bleach in this washing machine.” Is there a reason for this?

A. Bummer. Europeans are not big on liquid bleach, and even eliminate the possibility of using it in some of their washers, like Bosch. I believe the reason for this statement is that they also use a rubber seal around the door, and are concerned about liquid bleach attacking it. Sorry, not much I can do for you. Wish I had better news.