Mold requires nutrients, water, oxygen and favorable temperatures to grow. Guess what? Your front load washer gives mold everything it needs to flourish.
Front load washer mold won’t really cause a problem with your washer’s operation. However, if you let it grow and spread, your clothes may start to have an old/musty smell. You may even have your door gasket rip which can cause water damage to your floor.
Preventing Washer Mold
The easiest, most efficient way to stop mold from occurring in your front load washer is to leave your washer door open. This will reduce moisture and the temperature so the mold will not grow. Also, wiping any excess water on the gasket will have a lasting affect on the life span of the part, as well as the machine as a whole.
Removing Washer Mold
If mold has already occurred you may have to use Clorox on the gasket, along with some hard scrubbing, to get rid of the mold you can see. For the mold inside of the washer that you can’t necessarily see but can surely smell, you can buy some AFFRESH tablets that will kill the mold and leave your washer smelling good. An alternative to AFFRESH is to do a hot wash of 2 caps each of Clorox and vinegar to kill the mold.
If you still have the mold smell you may need to have your door gasket replaced and/or have a technician use commercial grade AFFRESH for your washer.
As you can see, removing the mold can be far more difficult and time consuming than taking a couple easy steps to prevent it from growing. If you have any questions about this or any other appliance issue, please feel free to call us any time!