I'm looking for a glue/adhesive sealant that would be suitable for patching top loading washing machine's rubber seal (there's a 2cm x 4cm hole). I'm mainly interested in finding glue that would be safe to use (non-toxic? food grade? food safe?). I know it's a really tough task and many would recommend just replacing the seal, but it feels wrong to pay over 100$ for it, and I'm curious whether there's a solution for this.

There's a guy on Youtube who fixed his rubber seal with polyurethane that is used for roofing, but I don't know whether it's safe, even though the guy says it's been working for him for years Video.

Any ideas? At the moment I feel it's either silicone, polyurethane, epoxy-resin, or nothing.

Would this come close at all: Sealant on Amazon

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    Why would you need "food grade?" Do you eat your laundry? Braise chicken in the hot wash cycle?
    – Ecnerwal
    Apr 1 at 13:58
  • I mean I don't know which is the proper term to look for, that's why I put all those question marks. I know there are glues meant for aquariums that iirc are food safe, could be wrong. I mean the trivial logic is that if it's proper for eating it is proper for my skin.
    – vfinn
    Apr 1 at 14:00
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    Do you have the bit (2cm x 4cm) to fill the hole or are you expecting the glue to fill all that?
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 1 at 14:16
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    A picture of the problem area will help. Seals are usually soft/have give, but also need to be smooth to the matching surface. Something like a patch over the top will probably cause the other sections to not seal as well.
    – crip659
    Apr 1 at 14:37
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    @vfinn I thought maybe the machine was, say, 20 years old. More recent machines tend to use less water and less electricity. We now know that the age isn't a consideration in this case. Apr 2 at 10:19


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