Washing machines are a hotbed for moisture, humidity, and residue buildup, creating the perfect environment for mold growth. Fortunately, with a little elbow grease and routine TLC, it’s easy to get rid of mold. Here’s how to clean mold out of your washer—and stop it from coming back.
HOW TO CLEAN MOLD OFF OF WASHER PARTS:
1. WASHER SEAL
Creases and crevices in your washer’s seal can trap moisture and promote mold growth. Give the seal a thorough cleaning with a clean rag and hot, soapy water. Scrub stubborn spots using an old toothbrush and white vinegar. Once you’re done cleaning, keep the washer door or lid open and allow to fully dry.
2. DETERGENT DISPENSER
Detergent, bleach, and softener dispensers are another hotspot for mold growth, often due to soap residue that builds up in the dispenser over time. To clean, remove the dispenser insert (if detachable) or pull the drawer open as far as it will go. Removable dispensers can be soaked in a solution of equal parts hot water and white vinegar and scrubbed with a rag. For non-removable dispensers, you may need to use a toothbrush to scrub the nooks and crannies. Allow the dispenser to fully dry before re-inserting it or closing the drawer.
3. WASHER TUB
If you’ve noticed mold accumulating on the inside of the tub, give it a thorough cleaning by running a hot wash cycle. Pour two cups of white vinegar into your empty washing machine tub and select the hottest and longest available cycle. Once the cycle is complete, open the lid or door and allow the tub to fully dry.
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.
LOOK AFTER YOUR WASHER WITH REGULAR MAINTENANCE
A little maintenance can go a long way in keeping your washing machine clean and in good working order. With a regular routine in place, you can help stop mold and other issues from arising. Read our washing machine maintenance tips to help ensure your machine is running efficiently.