Many people consider the washing machine a self-cleaning appliance. However, this is not true and the washing machine, as any other appliance, needs proper maintenance. Mold problems are the most common, even with a new machine. It is very likely that you will notice stains and funky smell on your clothes only after using the machine for a few months.
WHY YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR WASHING MACHINE
Molds and fungi can cause inflammation in the respiratory tract, allergic reactions, and other health issues. The most common signs of mold contamination include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Red eyes
- Watery eyes
Exposure to mold has been associated with a development of asthma in children as well as lung infections.
It is worth mentioning that front loading washing machines are more susceptible to mold and there are numerous complaints about mold contamination manufactured by Kenmore, Bosch, LG ad Whirlpool until the late 2000s.
What you need:
– some liquid cleaning detergent (preferably containing chlorine)
– a sponge
– 25gr salt of lemon or potassium hydrogen oxalate
- The first step in fighting fungus is wiping the inside of your washing machine with some tissues in order to remove the accumulated dirt.
- Then apply the cleaning agent (with chlorine content) over the entire surface of the rubber ring, distributing evenly.
- Close the door and leave for a couple of hours.
- After this, set your washing machine on ‘rinse’ program, and turn it on.
- Then put some salt of lemon in the detergent compartment and set your washing machine on the highest temperature. Turn it on.
In the end, your washing machine will look like new. If necessary, repeat the procedure in a month in order to completely get rid of the mold.
Last, but not least, always leave the door of your washing machine open after a wash cycle. This will also prevent bacteria and mold proliferation.
Believe it or not, this preventive maintenance will significantly extend the life of your washing machine!