Your washing machine is one of the most often used appliances in the house, but it’s also one of the most commonly neglected.
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, it 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 build up of moisture and fungi that helps cause this problem.
Fortunately, there’s no need to resort to aggressive chemicals or cleaning products to prevent odors in the washing machine.
Today we want to share an effective trick that will leave it as good as new without spending more money. Try it out!
How to remove mold from the washing machineMold 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.
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1. Clean the rubber seal
One of the first places you’ll need to clean to remove mold is the rubber seal around the door to the washing machine. 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 there are no traces of mold remaining. 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 hosesWhen 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 you’ve gotten your washing machine clean and smelling fresh it will 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 back up.
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One more trick to remove mold and unwanted odorIf the mixture above doesn’t work well enough for you, or you lack the necessary ingredients, you can also try the following:
- 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 to four parts water and one part white vinegar. Pour this 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 of the surfaces.
Now you can see that removing the mold from your washing machine isn’t as complicated as you might have thought, and you can do it without using harmful chemicals.
Remember that in order to prevent odors you need to clean your washing machine on a regular basis, and avoid leaving your clothes in the washer for long periods of time.
The sooner you take them out, the less musty they will smell.