How to Remove Mold from Your Washing Machine
Did you know that your washing machine could have mold? Between moisture, warm air, and poor ventilation, washing machines are ideal environments for mold growth. You may occasionally notice a mildewy smell when you open the machine door, which is a big indicator there may be mold. Luckily, regular cleaning can help eliminate any unpleasant smells or mold problems your washing machine may have. Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your washing machine maintenance.
To clean your washing machine, you’ll need a few materials including: white vinegar, mold cleaner, a cleaning rag, and an old toothbrush.
Start by using the rag and mold cleaning solution to thoroughly wipe the exterior of your washing machine. This will remove any dust, dirt, and mold spores that may be present in the area.
Next, take a close look at the top lid or front door of the washer. When cleaning the door, pay special attention to the rubber seal. Mold and mildew can easily grow in the folds. Use the toothbrush, vinegar, and mold cleaner to get into the small fold of the door. Regularly cleaning this area will prevent further mold growth in the future.
If the bleach and fabric softener dispensers can be removed from the machine, take them out, clean, and dry them thoroughly. Before you place them back in the machine, use a toothbrush and vinegar to clean their opening to ensure they are free of mold.
Finally, pour two cups of vinegar into the washing machine and run it through the hottest cycle. This will clean the tub and remove existing stains and the smell of mildew.
After you are finished cleaning, throw the rags and toothbrushes away to prevent the spread of mold to other areas in your home. Make sure to add cleaning your washing machine to your regular cleaning schedule to ensure it’s free of mold and bad smells. When completing your washing cycle any time you do the laundry, leave the washing machine door open to allow the machine to dry and air out.