Mold in washing machine

Is there black dirt in your detergent drawer or the rubber parts of your washing machine? If so, you have mildew on your hands. Mold in your washing machine not only prevents your clothes from getting clean – it’s not hygienic and your clothes can smell foul – but mold can also cause skin and respiratory problems in people. That’s why you want to get rid of that mold as soon as possible. In this article, you’ll read all about how to prevent and remove mold in your washing machine.

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How do mold form in your washing machine

Because washing machines are relatively warm and humid appliances, various molds and bacteria easily develop. Nowadays, we increasingly wash at low temperatures, which makes it even easier for mold, bacteria and lice to develop in your washing machine.

Therefore you should clean your washing machine regularly. Only then you can remove all the dirt and any bad smell that comes with it. By keeping this up to date, you also prevent mold from developing again in your washing machine.

Tips for removing mildew

The tricky thing about mold is that you don’t always see all of the mold – especially on a washing machine. After reading the tips below, you’ll know exactly how to clean your washing machine to remove all the mold.

1. Clean rubber parts

Use a damp dish towel to wipe down the rubbers near the door of the washing machine. Remove all the dirt and any soap residue. Next, it is helpful to fill a plant sprayer with cleaning vinegar or vinegar solution. This is because vinegar kills the vast majority of mold spores. Spray the vinegar on and between the rubbers of your washing machine, wipe it clean and let it dry.

2. Clean the soap drawer

The soap drawer often holds a high level of detergent. If it is removable, you can wash it by hand and put it back afterwards. If the drawer is not removable, you can clean it with a dishcloth and/or an old toothbrush. Again, you can use cleaning vinegar if necessary.

3. Run a boiling wash

Run a wash program at the highest temperature (at least 90 degrees), without laundry or detergent. The old-fashioned word for this is “boil wash”. You may want to add a dash of vinegar or a scoop of baking soda.

4. Check if there is still mold present

Your washing machine should be clean and smell fresh again! But just to be sure, check to see if there is still mold in the appliance after running this wash cycle. Is this the case? Then go through step 3 again.

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Tips for preventing mildew

Now that you’ve cleaned your washing machine and it’s mold-free, you obviously want to keep it that way. To do this, you’ll need to clean your washing machine regularly. Fortunately, preventing mold requires a lot less work than removing it.

Not everyone knows that you have to clean a washing machine, but it is oh-so-important if you want your clothes to be clean and your washing machine to last. Doing this once a month will save you a lot of work in the future. For that reason, below you will find our tips for cleaning your washing machine and preventing mold.

1. Wipe down the rubber parts of your washing machine

If your washing machine has no more mold, you don’t have to do this extensively. You do this mainly on the soap residue to remove. A damp cloth works best for this.

2. Clean the soap drawer

There is actually always some detergent left in there. Therefore, it is a good idea to clean the soap drawer with a cloth once a month.

3. Spin the washing machine at 90 degrees

By running a wash at 90 degrees you remove a lot of dirt and kill many bacteria. Can your washing machine hotter than 90 degrees? Then that works even better.

4. Let the washing machine dry

We said it before: a damp, hot washing machine is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. That’s why you should leave the washer door open after every wash. This way, the drum dries properly and you prevent mold and foul odors.