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Is Mold Growing in Your Washer? Here’s How to Kill It

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You use your washing machine on a regular basis to clean your clothes and towels, but if it’s harboring mold and mildew, is your laundry truly getting clean? If you haven’t cleaned your washing machine lately, it may have mold and mildew. And while it may not be visible, there are a few ways to tell if your washer is due for a scrub. For starters, if there’s a sulfur smell in your clothes or laundry room, that’s a sign that mold and mildew are growing. Fortunately, there are ways to kill the mold and prevent it from coming back.

I’ll explain how to get your clothes and washing machine smelling fresh and clean again, and to keep the bad smells from coming back. Plus, I’ll show you how to spot the gross gunk, clean it out and keep bacteria out for good.

Leave the lid open if you’re not washing clothes

Mold grows in dark, moist areas, which is what your washer becomes after you’ve unloaded the clothes. Keeping the lid closed traps moisture, which can lead to built-up bacteria and a bad smell. Instead, leave the door open to help ventilate the washer and prevent mold from growing in the first place.

Remove your wet clothes right away

When you’re planning to throw a load of laundry in, make sure you’ll be home to remove the clothes when the timer goes off. That means don’t start the washer before going to work or to bed. Not only does this prevent mold from growing in your washer but it keeps your clean clothes from mildewing.


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