How to Prevent Mold in Washing Machines
• Use proper detergent only. 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.
•Leave the door open after each wash to allow moisture inside the machine to escape.
•Remove wet clothes immediately after a wash. Not only does this prevent moisture and mold buildup, but it also prevents your clothes from smelling musty.
Cleaning Your Washing Machine
•Run a cycle with baking soda. Run the longest and hottest cycle with water and regular baking soda (without laundry). Add two cups of baking soda directly into the washing machine. That’s going to combat moldy smells that old soap and fabric softeners leave behind.
•Run another cycle with white vinegar. To further eliminate musty odors, as well as soap and fabric deposits, pour two cups of white vinegar directly into the machine drum and run the longest and hottest cycle. For extra freshness, add 10 drops of essential oil, such as tea tree or lavender into the mix.
•Clean the washing machine’s interior. Wipe down the drum and agitator (if you have one) with vinegar and a cotton cloth. Remove any stains using a paste of baking soda and water and a soft sponge.