Asked on Feb 20, 2018

How do you keep a front load washing machine from molding inside ?

Jan ClarkNancyVikki Welch
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14 answers
  • K
    K
    on Feb 20, 2018

    Maybe try a vinegar cleanse through one or two cycles. I would also suggest leaving the door open to air out for a while after a regular wash cycle
  • Jcraw
    Jcraw
    on Feb 20, 2018

    Constant vigilance. Doors open when not running, and an occasional run through empty with bleach. Then a second run through with vinegar. Wipe rubber with old toweling.
    • Vikki Welch
      Vikki Welch
      on Feb 20, 2018

      haven't tried the vinegar, but all the rest I have done. Thank you for your reply

  • Ray Porter
    Ray Porter
    on Feb 20, 2018

    Do not close the door Tight. Always leave it open for air to circulate. Make sure tye rubber seal area in the door is draining any excess water. Wipe that area out.
  • Katy M
    Katy M
    on Feb 20, 2018

    Don't close the door between washing. Once a week run it empty with 1-2 cups of white vinegar.

    • Vikki Welch
      Vikki Welch
      on Feb 20, 2018

      thank you, I haven't tried the vinegar yet, but will give it a try. Although I do leave the door open when not in use.
  • QBSF
    QBSF
    on Feb 20, 2018

    From what I hear, this is a very common problem. We ended up getting rid of our front loader for just this reason.
    Several things that do help:
    1- leave the door open after a wash. Didn't work for us because of where our machine was located though.
    2- wipe down the inside, especially the rubber seal around the door, after every wash. Seriously! Don't have to tell you why that's impractical.
    3- place a dehumidifier tub/bag in the machine after every use. Something like what Star Bright makes, or Damp Rid is inexpensive and does work.

  • Jan Clark
    Jan Clark
    on Feb 20, 2018

    Ah, first off, don't close the door when not in use. Second, the easiest thing is to run a cycle using just about anything - detergent, bleach, a washing machine freshener - with the hottest water you can. If it's an ongoing problem, do that as often as needed. My door is never closed unless the machine is in use. We have never had the problem.
    • Vikki Welch
      Vikki Welch
      on Feb 20, 2018

      thank you for your reply, but I have tried all these. I never close the door but i still have the mold on the rubber inside the tub and where i put the laundry detergent . It has a musty smell in the washer, I am constantly running a cycle with no clothes in it and using bleach and hot water.
  • Susan krom
    Susan krom
    on Feb 20, 2018

    keep it cracked open a bit
    • Vikki Welch
      Vikki Welch
      on Feb 20, 2018

      thank you for your reply, and yes I do that always, the door isn't closed unless I am washing clothes.

  • Joy30150932
    Joy30150932
    on Feb 20, 2018

    LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN AFTER EACH USE.
  • Nancy
    Nancy
    on Feb 20, 2018

    Leave the door opened when not in use and try Botox on the mood.
    • Vikki Welch
      Vikki Welch
      on Feb 20, 2018

      THANK YOU FOR THE ADVICE, HAVE ALREADY DONE THAT, AS FAR AS THE MOOD, DONT NEED ADVICE ON THAT, I AM IN A GREAT MOOD SURE DONT NEED BOTOX OF ANY KIND. THANKS ANYWAY
  • Susan krom
    Susan krom
    on Feb 20, 2018

    You can also buy a solution that they use for dishwashers and keurigs etc, but it really just amounts to a vinegar solution. You could do the vinegar solution, but add a bit of bleach to kill the mold that is hiding. Also, and I know it sounds wierd, but mold and mildew also need some darkness to grow, any way you could cut down on darkness when you leave it open.
  • Vikki Welch
    Vikki Welch
    on Feb 20, 2018

    RESOLVED, thank you all for the wonderful advice.
  • Nancy
    Nancy
    on Feb 20, 2018

    Sorry. Should always check my text! It meant try borax on the mold. Hope I didn’t insult !
  • Jan Clark
    Jan Clark
    on Feb 20, 2018

    Vikki, I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out your problem. You seem to be doing EVERYTHING right. So my suspicion now lies not in the tub itself but somewhere that moisture can get but won't wash out. Have you tried removing the soap dispenser housing? I didn't know I could do that until I read the manual - and boy - it was both smelly and gross. The other thing is your door gasket. Can it be taken off - or at least unfolded? A LOT of stuff gets stuck in there. If you can at least unfold it, you might try giving it a good spray with a disinfectant and wiping it dry with paper towels. The only other thing I can think of is that an inner gasket (between the basket and the actual tub) has slipped. You may have to have someone come out and take it apart to check. Whatever happens, I'm rootin' for ya!
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