Due to the large amount of water and moisture that your washing machine experiences throughout the year because of its function, it is at higher risk than most appliances of suffering from mold and mildew growth. This can leave your clothes with a musty smell, prevent your washing machine from properly cleaning your clothes, and can even be a health hazard to you and your family, as mold spores can aggravate certain illnesses and conditions. Understanding some of the simplest things that you can do to reduce the risk of mold taking hold in your washing machine can help you prevent any of those things from happening.
One of the simplest and least time-consuming ways to clean out your washing machine and ensure that mold and mildew do not have the opportunity to take root is by running a cleaning cycle every month or so. These cycles only require you to run a hot water cycle with a half cup of bleach and no clothes inside: the hot water and bleach will remove dirt, grime, and anything else that may have collected within the drum and will also disinfect the entire surface and kill any mold spores or mildew growth that has already started.
Another relatively straightforward thing that you can do to proactively reduce the chances of mold growing within the drum of your washing machine is letting it air dry. This simply means that you should leave the door of your washing machine open after you have completed the cycle, allowing air to circulate through the nooks and crannies of your machine to ensure that all moisture is able to evaporate.
Clean At-Risk Areas
One of the areas of your washing machine that is most at risk of mold growth is the seal that goes around the entire door. The folds of the rubber seal prevent water from leaking out of your washing machine, but as a result, they represent one of the places where moisture is most likely to get stuck and fail to evaporate, even if you leave the door open. You can wipe away this moisture, and remove any mold spores that have sought to take advantage of that moisture, by wiping the door seal down with a paper towel or rag following every few washing machine cycles. Another notable part of your washing machine that you should pay additional attention to is the detergent dispenser, which is not cleaned through regular cycles. Wiping down the dispenser with a wet rag and leaving it pulled out to air dry is usually sufficient.
If you need help making sure your washing machine is free of mold and mildew, contact a local appliance repair company.Share