How to Clean the Mold Out of a Washing Machine

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How to Clean the Mold Out of a Washing Machine
Cleaning mould from washing machine (laundry image by timur1970 from

Mold and mildew can build up in a washing machine because of the constant use and the dampness in the machine. It is important to keep the machine clean and dry when not in use to prevent mould build-up. When finished doing laundry, the lid or door on the washing machine should be left open to ventilate and dry the washer drum.

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Things you need

  • Measuring cup
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Toothbrush
  • Bucket
  • Clean dry rag

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  1. 1

    Remove the detergent tray and fabric softener tray from the washer.

  2. 2

    Mix 2 cups of bleach in a bucket with 6 cups of water.

  3. 3

    Soak the laundry and fabric softener dispensers in the bucket of bleach and water mixture.

  4. 4

    Mix 1 cup of bleach and 2 cups of water and put in a spray bottle.

  5. 5

    Spray under and around the seal in the washing machine drum.

  6. 6

    Saturate sponge in bleach and water mixture and wash the inside of the washer thoroughly, rinsing the sponge often. Run the sponge around and under the rubber seals.

  7. 7

    Brush any remaining mould around and under the seal with a toothbrush soaked in 1 cup of bleach.

  8. 8

    Run wash cycle on small wash with hot water and 3 cups of bleach.

  9. 9

    Dry washer with clean dry rags and leave door open to allow the machine to dry until next use.

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