Mold Growth In Front Loading Washing Machines – What You Can Do About It
Front loading washing machines have become very popular in recent years. Unfortunately, these machines have an issue that has triggered a class action lawsuit against manufacturers. The problem – mold growth inside the washing machine. Once the mold has grown inside the washing machine, it is distributed into the clothing that the machine is supposed to be cleaning. This can be a problem for anyone, but more seriously for those who suffer from severe allergies and asthma.
So, what can you do to prevent mold from growing in your front loading washing machine?
Use the Machine's Self-Clean Setting
Many of the front loading washing machines have a setting that should be used every couple of weeks to clean the inside of the washing machine. Purchase washing machine cleaning products to add to the cycle, let the washing machine clean itself and you will experience less mold growth.
Don't Let Wet Clothes Sit
There will be times that you forget about the load that you have just washed, and times in which you just don't have the time to get to transferring it to the dryer. You really need to try your best to avoid leaving wet clothes sitting in the washing machine. Allowing those wet clothes to sit in there for several hours or even a day can cause more moisture in the washing machine and expedite mold growth in both the machine and the clothes.
Manually Clean the Washing Machine
If you have no plans of washing another load of clothes for the day, take a minute to wipe down the door, the glass and the gasket that seals the door.
Do not close the door on the washing machine when you are not using it. This will allow air to circulate inside the washing machine and dry it out.
Every couple of weeks, remove the detergent dispenser, soak it in hot water and clean it. Once mold grows in the dispenser, it will be distributed through your clothes with each wash.
Call the Professionals
If your washing machine is smelly, has visible mold and is leaving your clothes discolored, call in a professional repair technician There is probably mold growing in areas of the washing machine that you cannot see. A trained professional can disassemble the washing machine, clean the parts, put it back together and get it in good working order for you.
If you are concerned about your front loading washing machine exposing your family to mold, contact your local repair technician from an appliance repair company like 5 Corners Appliance Company. He or she will assist you in ensuring your clothes are getting cleaned and not contaminated.