Almost everyone has a Washing Machine in their homes, why not, it’s too reliable and saves a lot of time for us by washing our clothes automatically. It is a way better option to have one at your home rather than to depend on outside laundries. As it allows you to wash your clothes as you want, and whenever you want. However, keeping such a kind of appliance at home seems comforting, but it surely demands time to time maintenance too.
Most people generally complain about molds and foul smells coming from the washing machine that even ruins up our clothes sometimes. However, whatever be the reason for those molds being developed in your washing machine. We will help you get rid of them forever. Aside from that, we will also discuss some preventive measures for the same, so be with us go through this article until the end. Let’s begin!
Remove Mold Completely from Washing Machines
A great reason behind the growth of mold in your washing machine is that you might be using very harsh detergents. Basically, using harsh detergents and fabric softeners make your clothes leave lint and that mixed with certain chemicals from detergents promote the growth of mold eventually.
However, with regular cleaning of the Washing Machine, you can prevent that from happening very easily. Still, these tips are for the next time, right now, we need to discuss the measures you can take to remove the existing mold. Have a look!
Clean the Gasket
The Rubber Gasket present at the opening of your Washing Machine prevents you from touching any sharp edges and also helps you easily put your clothes into the machine. However, this useful gasket can smell horrifyingly bad if you don’t take good care of your machine and neglect to clean it.
Since the gasket also works as a stopper to prevent water from spilling out from the machine, detergent and other residues can pile up in the deeper sections of the gasket. So, be prepared as you will see a lot of dirt coming out of there at the time of cleaning.
The dispensers which you put the detergent in, these spaces often get very dirty since machines take the detergent on their own and mix with water by itself. So, there are chances that some residues of the mixture have stayed there for a long time which are causing your machine to stink. Since the part is made of plastic, you can simply clean it by any way that seems suitable to you.
Run and Repeat Cleaning Cycles
To get rid of the smell, we can run cleaning cycles and repeat them over and over until the smell is completely gone. For this cleaning cycle, you can use:
- Bleach 1 cup
- Baking Soda, 1 cup
- Powdered dishwasher detergent ½ cup mixed with a strong residue cleaner, and some water.
- Put this mixture into the tub and run an empty wash cycle with the hot-water setting, for a long duration. If the smell does not go completely, you can repeat the process over and over again since eventually, it will help.
The above-mentioned tips and techniques are helpful to clean the mold growth inside the drum and on the parts that are visible to you.
However, if you have tried everything till now and the problem still persists, there are chances of mold growth at the back-side of the drum itself or somewhere deeper in the machine. In that case, you must seek professional help. You can call the manufacturer and seek help from an authorized repair person.
How to Prevent Mold in Washing Machines
Dealing with mold growth in washing machines is really a devastating experience as the machine starts to stink so bad.
If you do not want anything like that to happen with your washing machine in the future, it is better to start taking preventive measures right away from this moment. So, there are a few tips we would like to share with you that will surely keep mold growth far away from your washing machine.
Leave the Door Open after Wash
After washing the clothes, most people have the habit to close the door and leave the drum wet. In case you are doing the same, it’s time for you to learn.
The fact is, when you close the door right after washing, the water and residues stay inside for longer and promote mold growth. Hence, you should always open the door for a while so that the drum can dry out quickly. After leaving the door open for at least 30 minutes after the wash, you can ensure the drum has no moisture left by wiping the machine from inside with a dry towel.
Take out the Wet Clothes ASAP
Similarly to closing the door after the wash, some people leave wet clothes inside for a long time. This is actually super-wrong to do with your washing machine as the longer you leave your clothes there, the worse they are going to stink later. So, always take the wet clothes out first. Thereafter, as we said earlier too, keep the door open to dry out the washing machine quickly.
Choose the Right Detergent
For efficient automatic machines, you should always be picking the recommended powdered detergents as the machine knows to deal with that only. Such detergents are recommended because of their low-suds.
On the other hand, other regular detergents and liquid detergents are usually harsh that can cause difficulties for the machine to wash clothes properly. And, if the machine is not able to clean and wash out the detergent properly, your machine is at a higher risk for mold growth.
Avoid Fabric Softeners
Like the harsh detergents, fabric softeners can also cause problems for your washing machines, especially front-load ones. Instead of using fabric softeners, you can use dryer balls or sheets as they are a much better alternative.
Use Bleach Cleaning Method
Machine Cleaning Cycle, or say the Bleach Cycle is often helpful to clean your washing machine from the inside. If you don’t prefer to run an empty cycle, don’t hesitate to throw in some work towels, muddy clothes, and other cleaning clothes as it is a great chance to clean them since we are using bleach.
We hope all these tips are well-understood by you all and you will be using them to keep your washing machines clean and healthy. With the tips mentioned above, you will surely be able to tackle the mold problem with your machine.
However, if your machine does not have any mold growth, it does not mean your machine can’t have one in future. So, it is better to take some preventive measures from now on. If you know a few more helpful tips, share them with us and the community. Moreover, if you have any further queries regarding anything mentioned in this article, you can leave your queries or suggestions in the comments section below.