Mold in the washing machine

Mold in the washing machine is rare, but one or the other device can be affected again and again. Especially on the Internet, there are some tips that either only partially agree or have nothing to do with the mold. Then read on how the mold in the washing machine is made and what you can do about it.

Here is the mold in the washing machine mainly

It is true that mildew is very rare in a washing machine, but if your own washing machine is affected, it helps a lot. The mold is usually found in the following areas of a washing machine:

  • Rubber cuff between door and drum (top loader and front loader)
  • on the plastic in the drum
  • in the detergent compartment (detergent and softener compartment alike)
  • Connection detergent compartment to the drum

Same cause as mold in the room

Experienced housewives as well as savvy do-it-yourselfers know that mold in rooms is created when there is too much moisture in the room, so the ventilation is wrong. The same problem exists with the washing machine.

The washing machines are usually kept closed

Most of the detergent compartment and the loading door are completely closed or only just opened. The moisture in the washing machine can not escape, it also creates a humid and warm climate in the machine by bacteria and an exchange of air also does not take place.

That's not just the reason for mold in the washing machine. Even if the washing machine smells musty, that is usually the cause. Often a hot wash program with 95 degrees Celsius is recommended. Of course that helps, but it does not fight the problem definitively and only partially.

Hot washing helps only conditionally and costs unnecessarily

So the musty odor in the washing machine can still arise. In addition, not all bacteria can be killed by a hot wash (and not even by boiling). Even the mold comes back so often. In addition, the regular hot washing, just to remove mold costs, each time more money, because the water must be heated accordingly with electricity.

Clean the rubber sleeve and ventilate the washing machine

Instead, you may want to clean the rubber sleeve on the drum with vinegar. However, vinegar is only partially recommended in the washing machine, as you will learn if you follow the link. But it can be used here on the cuff.

To banish musty odor and mold quickly

All in all, you will quickly get a grip on bacteria and mold in the washing machine if you keep the loading opening and the detergent compartment wide open. Thus, an air circulation takes place and many areas inside the washing machine dry quickly. So mold can not even arise - as well as bacteria.

Tips & Tricks

In many regions of the world (Japan, USA and other countries) people even only know about cold washing machines. That is, with these washing machines can not be washed hot at all. Nevertheless, the users of such washing machines have no problems with mold, if you leave the washing machine door and the detergent compartment always wide open between the individual washes.

You can completely dispense with fungicides and other aggressive cleaners if you permanently ventilate your washing machine between washes.

Also, the ever-present "tip" that the mold is due to the use of an improper detergent, is wrong in terms of mold. The correct thing is that not every detergent is suitable for cold washing. These include, for example, conventional heavy-duty detergents (universal detergents).

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