Front load washing machines have multiple perks, including better efficiency than top load washers. However, they do have one risk that all must avoid: mold growth. For some reason, the front loader’s construction makes it more likely for mold to begin growing in the crevices, most often behind the door gasket. If you find mold in your washing machine, here is what you can do.
How to Remove Mold from a Washing Machine
Run a Hot Cycle with Chlorine Bleach OR Hydrogen Peroxide
The best overall method to sear the mold out of your laundry machine’s system is to run a normal cycle on hot water. Instead of using laundry detergent, add a total of one cup of chlorine bleach to the detergent dispenser and the barrel directly.
If you prefer to use something else, you can use hydrogen peroxide. DO NOT mix chlorine bleach and hydrogen peroxide, as it will produce toxic fumes.
Make sure the washing machine is empty when you clean it.
Wipe Behind the Gasket with Chlorine Bleach
To be thorough, it’s a good idea to wear rubber gloves and use a microfiber cloth to wipe behind the rubber door gasket with chlorine bleach. You will get to remove whatever clumps of mold are living in those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
Clean Out the Detergent Drawer
Remove the detergent drawer completely, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and wash it with hot water in the sink. Once again, use gloves and wash it with chlorine bleach or another sanitizing agent of your choice. Allow it to dry completely before replacing it.
Clean the Lint Filter
The lint filter in your washing machine may also catch organic debris that mold can feed upon. Follow the instruction manual to remove it, and wash it in hot water and the cleaner of your choice. Let it dry completely before replacing it.
How to Prevent Mold Growth in a Washing Machine
It helps to clean your laundry machine once a month on an empty hot cycle with white vinegar and baking soda. Wipe down the gaskets periodically. Last but not least, leave the washer door open after a laundry cycle until the machine’s interior is relatively dry. Trapped moisture will lead to mold growth.
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