Tips to Remove Mold from Washing Machines
Washing machine mold, which is typically found on the rubber gasket of front-loading machines, is a common household problem. This kind of mold is caused by neglecting to clean the machine and/or using it improperly. But don’t worry. In this article, you’re going to learn how to remove mold from washing machines.
Just because a washing machine cleans laundry, this doesn’t mean it cleans itself. Mold feeds on the moisture and detergent residue that the machine produces. With this in mind, here’s how to remove mold from washing machines and how to prevent it.
How to Remove Mold from Washing
- First, create a mold removal solution. You can either use a
commercial mildew cleaner or make your own mixture. Here are several homemade
cleaners you can create:
- 2 cups water, ½ cup
hydrogen peroxide, and ¼ cup lemon juice — hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice
are effective cleaners that combat mold and inhibit its growth.
- 2 cups water, ¼ cup lemon
juice, and ½ cup distilled white vinegar — white vinegar is an all-around
cleaner that you can use as an alternative to hydrogen peroxide.
- 1-part vinegar and 4 parts
water — just vinegar and water can do the trick if the mold growth in your
washer gasket is in sparse amounts.
- 1-part bleach and 4 parts
water — use bleach if the above-mentioned natural cleaners don’t work for you.
- Add your preferred cleaner into a spray bottle and mist the
solution over the mold on the gasket. Put on rubber gloves to protect your
hands and a dust mask to avoid inhaling mold spores. Then use a cloth or towel
to clean the gasket thoroughly. For persistent spots, let the solution sit for
a few minutes and use an old toothbrush.
- Once you’ve cleaned the rubber seal, it’s time to purify the
drum and hoses. Run a cycle on the hottest setting with your preferred mold
remover; doing this will rinse away any mold traces and odors from your washer
drum and hoses.
- If a musty smell persists, there may be mold growing behind the
washer drum. Call the manufacturer (if your machine is under warranty) or a
qualified repair person. They can diagnose your washer and fix the mold
How to Prevent Mold in Washing
- Use only the right detergent. If you have a High-Efficiency (HE)
washer, use High-Efficiency detergent. Non-HE detergent leaves behind too many
suds that promote mold growth. Use only the recommended amount of detergent for
the same reason.
- Leave the door open after each wash to allow moisture inside the
machine to escape. Doing so prevents the formation of a damp environment in
which mold can grow.
- Remove wet clothes immediately after a wash. Not only does this
prevent moisture and mold buildup, but it also prevents your clothes from
- Wipe the door gasket with your mildew cleaner regularly. Do so
at least once a week to eliminate moisture and detergent residue that promotes
- Use a dehumidifier where you keep the washer if the area is
humid. Humidity from outside the machine may contribute to the mold inside it,
so make sure to fix the water or humidity problem. Set up a dehumidifier in the
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Follow these tips on how to remove mold from washing machines to eliminate the health risks associated with mold in your home. But, besides mold growth, washing machines are prone to other problems like overflowing. Learn what to do if your washing machine overflows. Take a look at how to prevent water damage from other appliances as well.
Even with all measures in places, water damage from washing
machines can still occur. If that happens to you, know that PuroClean is ready
to come to your property’s rescue. For flood water damage repair and water
removal services, contact your local PuroClean office.