There is really nothing more frustrating than tossing a load of clothes into the wash only to have them come out smelling like a moldy wet sock. Nasty, right! However, it seems that many of us in a relationship with our front-loading washers tend to have that problem from time to time. Water occasionally collects around the rubber door gasket or inside the soap dispenser and mold spores move right in. So gross, and frustrating. The good news is that there are ways to stop or prevent mold from growing in your front-loader and we at Guardian Mold Prevent are happy to share some of these ways with you today, such as the following:

  • Wipe the door gasket and door glass dry with a clean cloth after use.
    Wipe the detergent dispenser and any attachments dry after use.
    Leave the washer door open after use or between loads to allow fresh air to circulate. However, if you have small children or pets, please keep the laundry room door locked or shut to keep them from the open washer.
    Leave the detergent dispenser open after use to allow fresh air to circulate.
    Place a dehumidifier in your laundry room to soak up moisture in the air.
    Remove wet clothes promptly.
    Choose high-efficiency (HE) detergents.
    Avoid using liquid fabric softener as it can often leave a mold-contributing residue.
    Once a month run an empty load on the longest, hottest water setting (or your tub-cleaning cycle if you have one on your washer) and toss in one of the following:
    A commercial washer cleaner, such as Affresh
    1 cup of regular bleach
    1 cup of baking soda
    If nothing seems to do the job, call the manufacturer for assistance, even if
    your warranty has expired. They may have tips designed just for your washer model.

For more mold information, contact us today at Guardian Mold Prevent. Our certified mold professionals are happy to assist you with expert advice and affordable mold solutions.