The Best Way to Remove Mold from Your Washing Machine

November 6, 2019
It can take more effort the first time around, but with regular maintenance your washing machine will be mold-free – something you’ll notice in the smell of your clothes.

Washing machines are one of the appliances people use the most, but they’re also one of the most commonly neglected ones.

When you don’t clean or disinfect it, you create the perfect environment for the proliferation of bacteria and mold. While it might be hard to notice at first, mold gradually builds up unpleasant odors that you’ll eventually be able to smell on your clothes. Also, if you look at the rubber lining that seals the doors on your machine, you’ll find a buildup of moisture and fungi that cause this problem.

Fortunately, there’s no need to resort to aggressive chemicals or cleaning products to prevent odors in your washing machine. Today, we want to share an effective trick that will leave your washing machine as good as new. Try it out today!

How to remove mold from your washing machine

Hydrogen peroxide.
Mold is classified as a type of fungus. Because of that, we’re going to use some products that are antimicrobial and antifungal to facilitate its removal.


  • 3 liters of water
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice (62 ml)
  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (250 ml)

How do you make it?

Add the three liters of water to a bucket and stir in the lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide. Then, follow these steps to leave your washing machine looking flawless and free from that musty smell.

See also: Tricks for odorless and absorbent towels

1. Clean the rubber seal

One of the first places you’ll need to clean to remove mold is the rubber seal around the washing machine door. Look closely so you know how it’s installed and what to do to move it.

Wherever you see moisture built up beneath the seal, spray some of the disinfectant that you just prepared and rub it vigorously with a clean cloth or sponge.

Do this all the way around the seal to make sure you don’t leave any traces of mold behind. When you’re sure it’s all gone, spray it once more with your disinfectant and wipe it with a dry cloth to remove any excess.

2. Clean the washer drum and hoses

Woman pouring detergent in a washing machine.
When mold grows on the inside of the washing machine, odds are it’s also growing in other parts of the appliance.

Now that you’ve cleaned the rubber seal, it’s time to rinse the drum and hoses to ensure that they’re 100% clean and odor-free. To do this, you’ll need to remove any clothing you have in the machine and pour your natural disinfectant into the detergent compartment. Then, program the washing machine to run a long cycle with hot water.

3. Avoid more mold

Once your washing machine is clean and smelling fresh, it’ll be easier to keep it from accumulating mold and any unpleasant odors.

If you leave the door open after each wash cycle, it will get enough ventilation to prevent the growth of microorganisms. But while you might not notice a strong smell, it’s best to clean it every week to ensure no dirt and mildew begin to build up again.

We recommend reading: 10 cleaning tips to make old items look new

One more trick to remove mold and unwanted odors

A washing machine washing clothes.
If the above mixture doesn’t work well enough for you or you lack the necessary ingredients, you can also try this out:


  • Bleach (as needed)
  • Hot water (1 liter)
  • White vinegar (250 ml)
  • Spray bottle
  • A soft cloth
  • Rubber gloves

What should you do?

  • Run a wash cycle using hot water and a little bleach. The amount of bleach will depend on the size of your washing machine.
  • In a separate container, mix one part bleach with four parts water and one part white vinegar. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and spray the door and rubber seals of the machine and anywhere else that moisture builds up.
  • Protect your hands with rubber gloves and use the cloth to wipe all the surfaces.

Now you can see that removing the mold from your washing machine isn’t as complicated as you might have thought and that you can do it without using harmful chemicals.

Remember that you need to clean your washing machine on a regular basis in order to prevent odors. You should also avoid leaving your clothes in the washer for long periods of time. The sooner you take them out, the less musty they will smell.

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