When’s the last time you cleaned your washing machine? It’s understandable if a washing machine deep clean isn’t the highest priority in day to day of your life. However, if your washing machine has gone a few too many cycles without attention, the inherent humidity and moisture can allow buildup to develop into mold and other unwanted grime. Luckily, you have the help of experts on hand whose priority is making home appliance care easier for you. Follow our advice on how to clean-up a mold in your washing machine.
Tips for preventing mold growth:
- Remove wet clothes as soon as the washing cycle is complete.
- Leave the washer door or lid ajar after each use to allow the tub to dry.
- Wipe down the washer seal after each load.
- Use only the minimum recommended amount of detergent to avoid residue buildup.
If mold has already taken hold in your washing machine, follow our tips on how to clean each part of your machine.
1. Washer tub
If you spot mold in the tub of your washing machine, it can be cleaned out with a thorough hot wash cycle. First, measure out two cups of white vinegar and pour it directly into the washer tub. Then set your washer to its hottest and longest cycle to deep clean to tub. After running the vinegar cycle, leave the washer’s lid open to help it to better ventilate until the tub in completely dry.
2. Washer seal
Your washer’s door seal (also called a door gasket) is another place mold can take hold. Completely wipe down the seal, taking time to inspect and clean all folds where mold can hide. For spots that remain after a thorough wipe down you can use a vinegar solution and abrasive tooth brush to combat the debris. Allow the seal to ventilate and completely dry after cleaning.
3. Detergent dispenser
Detergent dispensers can also accumulate mold over time. Luckily, cleaning this part of your washer is a quick process. You can directly clean the dispenser in your machine by spraying it down with vinegar and thoroughly wiping down the compartment. If you can detach the dispenser from the machine, then simply soak it in a hot water and vinegar solution. As always allow the dispenser time to completely dry before using your washing machine for a cycle of laundry.
Look after your washer with regular maintenance
Routine cleaning is a simple way to maintain your washing machine and stop dirty build-up. Preventing problems like mold from taking hold in the first place is your best defense against unsanitary conditions. Read more of our washing machine maintenance tips to keep your washing machine running at its best.