Mold and mildew will find their way in the most hidden places in the home. And that includes your washing machine. Your washing machine could turn to a breeding ground for moisture-loving fungi. That’s why it’s important to clean it regularly. To keep the clothes fresh-smelling and the washer clean as a whistle, consider this step by step guide to removing molds and mildews:
Step 1: Clean the Interiors
The first step to removing mildews or mold in the washer is to take away any laundry from the tub. Make sure the washer is clean before proceeding. Now, take about 1/3 to a cup of liquid chlorine bleach and put it in the bleach dispenser. If you don’t have liquid chlorine, use white vinegar instead.
Step 2: Start the Cycle
After adding the cleaning agent to the bleach dispenser, close the dispenser and the washer door. Select the maintenance cycle where applicable. Some washer has a “clean washer” option. This option uses a higher volume of water. This is useful in flushing out molds or mildew. If your washer does not have this option, go for a heavy duty cycle. Choose the hottest water temperature and add an extra rinse for good measure.
Start the cycle. After the cycle is completed, open the door. Using a white towel, remove all remaining residue from the tub. Leave the lid or door open for several hours so bleach odor evaporates.
If the problem persists, simply repeat the cleaning cycle or use a stronger cleansing agent. For severe mold problem, it will take several cycles to remove the offending fungi from your washer.
Other Cleaning Tips
Cleaning the Rubber Gasket
Apart from cleaning the tub, clean the washer gasket as well. The rubber door gasket is common on front-loading washer. Use a mildew cleanser or hot soapy water and a rag. Wipe off the surface of the gasket to remove any slime.
Cleaning the Detergent Dispenser
If your washer comes with a detergent dispenser, clean that too. Remove the covering and give the insides a good scrub down. You can also use a mildew cleaner or a pipe cleaner to reach the crevices.
When to Seek Professional Help
If you tried every trick in the book and still, the problem persists, consider calling the professionals. In such cases, the mold could be growing behind the drum. Mold could be clogging the filter or drain too. You want a qualified repairman to dismantle the machine and eliminate the problem. If you know how to dismantle a washer yourself, just make sure to unplug the machine before proceeding.
Added Care and Maintenance
It helps to air out the washer after every wash. This will remove moisture in the area, preventing mildew or mold from developing. Simply leave the door or lid of your washer open and allow the tub to dry before closing it again. But if you have kids or pets, don’t leave the washer door open for long.
In addition, remove all wet clothes after every wash. Do not leave it in the tub for an extended period. If the cycle is finished, proceed to the next step.