Mold in the clothes washer drum gasket stinks up the washroom and your clothes. This is particularly a problem in front-loading clothes washers because the drum gaskets at the front door collect a lot of water and can stay wet for days. After looking in vain for a suitable after-market gasket drying kit, I made a simple adapter to attach blower hoses to a surprisingly high-powered 12v computer centrifugal blower (it claims to move about 40 CFM).
You will need the following (or equivalents) to make this gasket drying device:
Slip the printed blower-to-hose adapter into the exit opening on the centrifugal fan. Glue 2" or so of CPVC pipe into the middle hole of each CPVC tee fitting. Cut the 6-foot cpap hose in half. Push the unattached ends of the CPVC pipe inside the cut ends of the cpap supply hose--it will be a nice snug fit. Finally, push the original attachment ends of the supply hose over the two nipples of the blower-to-hose adapter you printed.
Slip the tee assemblies at the distal end of the hoses inside the drum gasket at roughly 9 and 3 o'clock--they will be snug enough to stay where you put them. Turn on the blower for an hour or so, stopping when the gasket is completely dry.
This has been a very satisfactory fix for the mold problem with our LG front-loader over the past couple of years or so. I see no reason the solution I have outlined in this posting wouldn't also be of use with other manufacturers' clothes washers.
To start with a clean drum gasket in my washer, I followed the steps in this instructional video
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