How to Get Rid of Mold Smell in the Washing Machine

mold smell in the washing machineIf you own a front-loader washing machine, you probably know the smell all too well. It’s a very common to discover a foul mold smell in the washing machine when you open the door of a front-loader.

That’s because the rubber gaskets around the rim of the door create an air-tight seal which holds in the water and leaves behind moisture after the washing cycle completes. Moisture, in turn, can lead to mold growth and that all-too-familiar smell. Adding to that, if you also use an environmentally-friendly detergent, chances are greater that residue can be left behind, which can also contribute to mold growth.

How to Get Rid of Mold Smell in the Washing Machine – Front Loading

  • Use a cloth, soapy water and a reputable mildew cleaner to thoroughly clean all around the gasket. Remove any slimy gunk and stray pieces of small clothing that may have gotten stuck.
  • Remove detergent dispensers (if you can) and clean them. A bottle brush works great if you can’t remove the dispenser.
  • Use a commercial residue-removal product (like Affresh, Smelly Washer) and add directly to the drum. Run it on the hottest and longest wash cycle available on your machine.
  • For good measure, repeat another high-temp wash cycle.

If the mold smell in the washing machine persists, consider contacting a washing machine repair professional because you may have mold behind the drum, or a clogged filter or drain. If you find you have a mold problem beyond the washing unit, a call to your local mold experts is in order.

If you live in the New Jersey area, Healthy Way offers a free initial inspection. Contact us today!

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