How to Kill Mold in a Washing Machine

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Mold can grow in a washing machine and cause odors that can cause clothing to smell bad. Gaskets, pipe and the wash bin itself are areas where mold can grow in a washing machine. Mold spores can also cause an allergic reaction in many people. Removing mold in a washing machine and preventing future mold growth will keep the washing machine smelling clean and reduce potential allergens in the air from the mold spores.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • Make sure the washing machine is empty and pour 3 cups of bleach into it.

  • Fill the washing machine with hot water on the regular cycle, and then turn it off

  • Use a toilet brush and sponge to scrub under the rim, around gaskets and other areas that may often be splashed but not saturated with the bleach water.

  • Allow the hot bleach water to soak in the washing machine overnight.

  • Restart the washing machine and allow it to run through the entire cycle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do a load of whites after bleaching the washing machine so that any residual bleach does not stain colored clothes. To prevent future mold, routinely bleach the washing machine.
  • Use rubber gloves when cleaning the gaskets with the sponge to avoid absorbing bleach through the skin.

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