How To Clean Your Front-Loading Washer
Steps You Can Take to Get Rid of Mold in Your Washing Machine
If you use a front-loading washing machine in your home in West Jordan, UT, you may notice an odor that is not exactly spring fresh after many uses. The gasket in your machine can get clogged with excess dirt and detergent residue. These deposits, combined with the moisture and warmth that are inevitably present in the washer, create the ideal growth environment for mold. If your gasket does mold, here are some steps you can take to get rid of it.
1. Run an Empty Load
To get rid of mold smell, you can use the powerful combination of baking soda and vinegar. Baking soda neutralizes odor while white vinegar kills any mold with which it comes into contact, removing the substance causing the unpleasant aroma. Simply mix a quarter cup each of baking soda and water and add it the detergent section of the machine. Before running the washing machine, add two cups of vinegar to the drum.
2. Scrub Away Mold
If any spots of mold remain, mold mitigation experts recommend mixing equal parts water and vinegar together and scrubbing the spots with a sponge or damp cloth. Don't let the fizzing action you see when you first mix them together disturb you. That is just the result of an acid being poured into a base. It's still perfectly safe to use to clean your machine.
3. Change Detergents
Front-loaders are designed with efficiency in mind. They use less water, which is why traditional detergents don't completely wash away. Switch to a high-efficiency detergent that is specially formulated not only to clean your dirty laundry but also to rinse completely.
The clothes that come out of your washing machine only smell as fresh as the machine itself. To take care of mold and the smell it causes, make sure to clean your machine and use the type of detergent suggested by the manufacturer.