Kill mold in your washing machine with vinegar and baking soda, expert says
Mold patches can grow in many places around your machine, including on the rubber gasket and the detergent drawer. To get rid of it and keep your machine clean, all you need is a few inexpensive household products.
It is important to keep your washing machine clean because mold and residue that can accumulate in it can have an impact on the cleanliness of your clothes.
Luckily, laundry expert and CEO of the UK laundry service Laundry room, Deyan Dimitrov, shared his top tips for keeping your washing machine looking like new.
Deyan’s most important tip is to use white vinegar and baking soda to remove mold.
These two ingredients are handy to keep around the house because they can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks.
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To try and prevent mold growth, Deyan advised performing a hot wash every now and then.
Most people wash clothes at 30 degrees to save energy, but this is a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth.
However, that doesn’t mean you should start changing your eco-friendly habits.
All you have to do is set your machine to wash at 60 degrees or higher and put some white vinegar in the fabric softener drawer.
The heat and humidity in the washing machine after washing contributes to mold growth.
Leaving your washing machine door and detergent drawer open after washing lets cold air in and removes trapped moisture.
It is also helpful to dry the inside of the washing machine tray and drum with a dry towel to remove any excess moisture after each wash.
Deyan pointed out that washing machine trays are removable, so yours can be cleaned every now and then in hot, soapy water to prevent mold from building up inside.