Mold In Your Washing Machine
We are soon entering warmer weather, which puts us at higher risk for mold and mold-related issues. One place that we often overlook for mold is in our washing machine. The high moisture content in both the machine and atmosphere contribute to an environment conducive to mold growth and its accompanying mildew smell.
Here is how to ensure your washer and the surrounding area stays free of harmful mold:
You will need the following materials:
• White vinegar
• A natural all-purpose mold killing solution
• A cleaning rag (or sponge)
Begin with the exterior of the machine. Use vinegar or the all-purpose mold killing solution to wipe down the exterior of the machine. This will remove the more visible grime, such as dust and oily fingerprints. (Both organic sources provide floating mold spores with a tantalizing invitation to congregate and colonize.)
Next, clean around the lid and seal. For front-load washers, the rubber door seal will need extra care in order to ensure the removal of mold and mildew. Gently pull back on the rubber stripping and use vinegar or the all-purpose mold killing solution. Even if no mildew or scum is visible, Step 2 is necessary in the prevention of mold growth.