Washing machine mold, which is typically found on the rubber gasket of front-loading machines, is a common household problem. It’s not only bad for your health but for your clothes, too. This kind of mold is caused by neglecting to clean the machine or using it improperly. Remember: 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. Here’s how to remove mold from washing machines and how to prevent it.
First, create a mold removal solution. You can either use a washing machine safe 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 problem.
If you suspect mold behind your machine or underneath, call PuroClean. We are available 24/7 to help with any emergency needs or to answer questions, 937-401-9700 or 513-897-8990.