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Washing Machine Mildew Cleaning Tips

If your washing machine experiences the nasty, unpleasant smells from hidden mold and black spots around the seal of its door, then you are aware of how much you need to get rid of them. The following tips will give you some tips on how you can do just that with a minimal effort involved in the process. Let’s begin with the first one:

  • Start by using the cleaning cycle of your washing machine. The cycle is intended for free runs with no clothes involved in it and it uses higher temperatures of water to destroy and eliminate mildew and mold that may have inhabited the inner workings of the machine. The hot water will flush through the system, washing them away when possible.
  • If you want to make sure the cleaning cycle is as effective as possible, you should do your best to add some washing machine cleaner to the water. There are different brands out there and you can choose the one you like best as long as its part of the solution to your problem. The ingredients of the cleaner will annihilate the fungus and mold responsible for nasty smells and dirty spots.
  • You should also check the user manual of your washing machine to ensure you have used the cleaning cycle the right way. Make sure you use the cleaning products about twice a month to ensure there will be no mold growth at all if possible.
  • Avoid letting your clothes stay inside the washing machine for long after they are done washing. You should make sure you extract them as quickly as possible or their moisture can help mold grow inside the workings of the machine. Mold spores are everywhere in the air, just waiting for a pleasant opportunity to sprout to life and growth. Avoid that at all costs and dry your clothes in a dryer or in the sun itself.
  • Make sure you pay attention to the signal that shows the end of a washing cycle to get your clothes out of the machine as soon as you can. This will significantly lessen the risk of mold growth if you do it on a regular basis.
  • Once the cycle is complete you should place your clothes in the dryer or outside, you should leave the washing machine door open for several hours at the least so the inside can dry out completely. If you close the door you will create an environment friendly to mold spores, this making it possible for them to grow in time if the moisture doesn’t evaporate.
  • If your washing machine has a front loader you should pull it out to allow it to dry after a cycle. Make sure you scrub away any caked-on powder or residue from the loader so water will flow unobstructed.

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  1. Color clothes that have been wseahd a few times are ok to be wseahd in warm water. But if its the first time, use cold to prevent the color from bleeding out.I never use pure hot water unless its an all white load, like sheets or towels. Wastes too much electricity (water heater has to work harder).If you want your colors to stay brighter, use a color safe bleach like Clorox for colors and cool water. They won’t fade as fast.

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