Washers and dryers are lifesavers in every household. However, they do need proper maintenance to avoid unpleasant odors and the development of mildew and mold. After all, laundry rooms are where you store dirty clothes for being washed.
The good news is that you can keep your laundry room clean and fresh, no matter how dirty your clothes are! To help you better maintain your laundry room, we put together this essential guide on laundry room cleaning, including some tips for getting rid of mold even in the areas that are most challenging to clean.
Eliminate Mold and Mildew
One of the main concerns of washing machines is the accumulation of mold and mildew that tends to be caused by the combination of moisture and any detergent residue left after washing. The result might be bad-smelling clothes. Also, certain types of mold can be toxic if ingested or inhaled.
In front-loading washing machines, mold tends to accumulate inside the rubber gasket in the front. To combat mold and mildew, the best thing you can do is to buy a specialized cleanser that will also help you to prevent the development of new mold spores. Spray all the affected areas and wipe them with a damp cloth. After you’ve cleaned everything, run a wash cycle on the hotter setting, and air-dry the drum.
Keep in mind that mold can also accumulate inside dryers. Deodorize them at least twice a year. When cleaning the inside, remember to unplug the machine first. If you can’t seem to be able to get rid of bad smell, seek professional help: there might be problems in the ventilation system.
Getting rid of mold might be challenging. Instead of fighting it, try to reduce the risk for its development. Here’s what you should do:
- Take your wet clothes out of the machine as soon as possible. It will avoid moisture to build up inside the machine.
- Do not use high-sudsing detergents, as they might leave some residual that can attract mold.
- Leave the door of your machine open. Letting air out will reduce the risk of mold.
- Keep the gasket clean. Try to wipe it down at least once per week to reduce the spread of mold.
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