Tips to Remove Mold from Washing Machines

Tips to Remove Mold from Washing Machines

May 24, 2018

Washing machine mold is typically found around the rubber gasket of front loading machines and can be more or less unavoidable. Eventually, mold will grow if you aren’t cleaning your washing machine regularly. Mold feeds off of the moisture and soap residue from the machine and can grow if you aren’t watching out.

Washing machines do a great job of getting clothes clean, but a not so great job at removing their own mold. So here are some tips to remove mold from your washing machine.

How to Get Rid of Mold from Washing Machines

The first thing you need to do is to get your hands on a mold cleaning solution. You can buy one from the store, or you can opt to make it at home. It’s not difficult or expensive to make yourself. Here are some recipes you can use to make your own mold cleaning solutions:

  • Combine 2 cups of water, ½ cup hydrogen peroxide, and ¼ cup of lemon juice. Hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice are great mold cleaners that combat mold as well as inhibit its growth.
  • 2 cups water, ¼ cup lemon juice, and ½ cup distilled white vinegar – White vinegar is another great cleaner and substitutes for hydrogen peroxide.
  • 1-part vinegar and 4 parts water – Vinegar and water alone can take care of the mold if it is in small amounts.
  • 1-part bleach with 4 parts water – Bleach is harsher, but it can get the job done if the mold is extensive and none of the above natural cleaners work for you.

Apply a mask and rubber gloves to avoid coming into unnecessary contact with the mold or cleaning solution; spray the moldy spots with your solution. Let the solution sit on the moldy spots for up to 5 minutes to let it work then scrub it hard with a toothbrush.

If a musty smell persists, there may be more mold than you see and a professional cleaner may need to be called.