Black mold lives in damp, warm places with insuf­fi­cient ven­ti­la­tion: in the bath­room, toi­let, in places where there are leaks between the ceil­ing and walls. If, when the wash­ing machine door is opened, a putrid smell spreads around, and a black coat­ing is vis­i­ble on the inner sur­face of the rub­ber seal, the machine is infect­ed with mold. Mold in the wash­ing machine is a seri­ous prob­lem and very dif­fi­cult to remove. There­fore, it is bet­ter to install a wash­ing machine not in the bath­room, but in the kitchen, where the air is dri­er. In a spa­cious room, it is more con­ve­nient to clean the wash­ing machine inside than in a cramped bath­room. In this arti­cle, we will tell you how to get rid of mold in a wash­ing machine, because it is dan­ger­ous to human health.

How to start fighting mold

It is very dif­fi­cult to remove mold in a wash­ing machine, so we first check the details from the out­side, and then inside:

  • rub­ber seal (man­hole cuff);
  • con­tain­er for pow­der, con­di­tion­er and bleach;
  • inlet hose, fil­ter on it;
  • drain hose, fil­ter on it;
  • drain fil­ter locat­ed at the bot­tom of the machine.

If gray deposits or black dots are vis­i­ble on these work sur­faces, they should be cleaned with a chlo­rine-based prod­uct. You can use a spe­cial mold clean­er for clean­ing wash­ing machines or use folk meth­ods. The peo­ple use vine­gar, a solu­tion of cop­per sul­fate or “White­ness”. It is nec­es­sary to do the treat­ment care­ful­ly so that strong chem­i­cals do not dam­age the cuff of the wash­ing machine.

Get­ting rid of the fun­gus is much more dif­fi­cult when it has spread inside the tub of the wash­ing machine. It is very dif­fi­cult to dis­as­sem­ble the wash­ing machine and clean it at home. If you do not have the nec­es­sary skills, then it is bet­ter to entrust the dis­man­tling of the wash­ing machine to pro­fes­sion­als. A dif­fer­ent clean­ing method is required.


See also: How to clean the drain and filler fil­ter of the wash­ing machine

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Where does mold come from in a washing machine?

There are a num­ber of rea­sons why mold can form in a wash­ing machine:

  1. the room where the wash­er is installed is infect­ed with mold;
  2. the room is damp, hot, there is no ven­ti­la­tion;
  3. the machine door is always closed when not in use;
  4. wash­ing is car­ried out at a tem­per­a­ture below 60 degrees;
  5. when wash­ing, rinse aid, fab­ric soft­en­er are often used;
  6. do not use bleach when rins­ing;
  7. a descaler is not added to the pow­der;
  8. We often leave damp laun­dry in the wash­er.

The rinse mode includ­ed in the wash­ing pro­grams is not able to remove the rem­nants of the con­di­tion­er from the laun­dry and from the walls of the tank. Over time, the tank of the wash­ing machine becomes over­grown with plaque, which is dif­fi­cult to get rid of. This plaque serves as a breed­ing ground for the black mold fun­gus. In this case, reg­u­lar clean­ing from mold will be required. What to do to clean the car and always get rid of new attacks of the fun­gus?

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Mold control: ways and means

Bleach and heat will help to remove mold and pro­tect the wash­ing machine. Clean­ing sequence:

  1. Pour 1 liter of White­ness into the pow­der tray. Set the mode “heavy pol­lu­tion” and the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture.
  2. After 2–2.5 hours, when the water in the wash­er heats up to 90 degrees, pause the pro­gram con­trol for 1–2 hours. This will help to rad­i­cal­ly clean the tank.
  3. Con­tin­ue wash­ing.
  4. Pour 1 liter of 9% vine­gar into the deter­gent con­tain­er, start rins­ing.
  5. After clean­ing, dry the machine by leav­ing the door wide open for sev­er­al days.

This method of clean­ing leaves no chance for fun­gus colonies to sur­vive. It can be used no more than once every six months. After clean­ing, you need to thor­ough­ly dry the wash­ing unit, leav­ing the door open for 2–3 days.

Cit­ric acid helps to get rid of mold. It is soft­er than chlo­rine, but at the same time it can clean the heat­ing ele­ment of the wash­ing machine from scale. 400 g of acid is enough for clean­ing. The wash cycle with­out laun­dry starts at a tem­per­a­ture of 60–90 degrees. Instead of cit­ric acid, you can clean it with vine­gar, 1 liter per wash is enough. Pre­ven­tive anti­fun­gal clean­ing is per­formed 3–4 times a year.

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How to permanently get rid of mold

Rules to help get rid of mold for­ev­er:

  • after wash­ing, it is bet­ter to keep the machine door open until it is com­plete­ly dry inside;
  • do not leave washed clothes in the wash­er;
  • after wash­ing, care­ful­ly remove mois­ture from the drum and the rub­ber seal out­side and inside;
  • at the end of wash­ing, it is nec­es­sary to wash the deter­gent dis­penser and dry it;
  • run the machine every month with­out laun­dry at 90–100 degrees, using a bleach for clean­ing;
  • it is nec­es­sary to clean the wash­ing machine 3–4 times a year with cit­ric acid or vine­gar in hot water;
  • use water improvers (air con­di­tion­ers, rins­es) as rarely as pos­si­ble — after them it is dif­fi­cult to clean the tank from the fun­gus;
  • reg­u­lar clean­ing of the fil­ter and hoses helps to get rid of mold.

When these rules are fol­lowed, it is easy to clean the fun­gus from the walls of the tank and rub­ber at the time of its appear­ance — the spores will not have time to mul­ti­ply and spread through­out the car. Reg­u­lar clean­ing and dry­ing will extend the life of the wash­ing unit. Path­o­gen­ic spores, bac­te­ria will not get on linen and in the res­pi­ra­to­ry tract of fam­i­ly mem­bers and pets. The fight against mold will save both equip­ment and the health of the inhab­i­tants of the house. Now you know what to do if mold appears in the wash­ing machine and how to get rid of it for­ev­er.

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