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Mold and Smells in Front-Load Washers

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Front Load Washing Machine

We get a few calls a month with questions regarding mold in front loading washing machines. It is very easy to treat and you can save yourself money from hiring a company.

Step 1: Clean the seal

The seal catches, pet hair, lint, coins, paperclips and all kinds of pocket stuffers. If you don't clean the seal, those trappings can mold or make its way down to the trap. Swipe your hand around the seal and remove any debris. Then, wipe it down with a damp cloth.

Step 2: Clean the trap/filter

When items don't get caught in the washer door seal they end up inside the washer trap or filter.  These items will deteriorate and form mildew until you remove them or the washer stops draining.                                      Here is how you can clean your own trap:

  1. Unplug your washer.
  2. On the front or back of the washer, there should be a little door.
  3. Place a small bowl by the little door to catch drips.
  4. Pry open the door using a flathead screwdriver or a coin.
  5. There will be a black tube inside the door. Gently pull the top end of the hose out and pull off the plastic cap.
  6. Drain the hose in the bowl.
  7. Place a towel in front of the door.
  8. Next to the black hose will be the trap cap or filter cap. Twist it to the left and pull it forward.
  9. Clean out the trap and replace the trap and hose.
  10. Close the little door and you're done.

Step 3: Run the self-clean cycle with bleach                                                                                                                                 Add one cup of bleach to the detergent cup before you start the cycle. This is our number one tip for getting rid of the nasty smells.

Step 4: Air It Out: 

If possible, leave the door of your washing machine cracked open to allow it to dry thoroughly between cycles. Please note:  you shouldn’t do this if you have children or pets who could be tempted to climb (and possibly become trapped) inside the machine.

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