Despite numerous online pointers for using bleach and vinegar to remove mold from front-load washers, they do not always work. If you find yourself looking for ways to rid your front loader of mold and musty smells, you will be glad to know that there are products on the market, formulated to remove and prevent mold growth in front-load washers.
Prevent Mold Buildup with Affresh Washer Cleaner
Credit: Amazon.comThis product uses oxygenated cleaning action to remove soap residue, which can cause odors and lead to mold. In reality, Affresh prevents mold buildup before it starts. According to the Affresh website, the product’s cleaning action penetrates hard-to-reach areas. Such areas include the area between the tub and the drum, as well as the pumps and hoses. The oxygenated bubbles loosen or dissolve grime and buildup so it can flow down the drain.
The procedure to prevent and remove mold from front-load washers consists of adding one tablet of Afresh Washer Cleaner to your wash cycle, do not add clothes. Set the washer to the clean or normal cycle, and use the hot setting. Wait for the cycle to end. If you still notice a musty odor, it means that mold spores are still present. Repeat the procedure. Once the cycle ends, use a rag to wipe any residue left in the tub.
To prevent mold buildup in front-load washers, the manufacturer recommends repeating the procedure one a month. Affresh also prevents mold in top-loaders and keeps them smelling fresh.
Remove Mold with Smelly Washer Cleaner
Typically, mold builds up behind the seal. The reason for this is that water, moisture and detergent residue generally collects in this area. Overtime, mold can develop. If you have a severe mold problem, mold could grow on the outside, or visible, part of the gasket as well.
Use a rag and a solution of warm water and laundry detergent to clean any visible mold. However, even after cleaning the visible mold, a mildew odor may remain. What’s more, the odor could transfer to your clothes, like bath towels.
For this reason, you might find it advantageous to run a wash cycle in the hot setting. Pour 1 tbsp. of a product called Smelly Washer Cleaner. The product gets rid of mold spores, thus getting rid of musty odors.
Generally, you only need to run one cycle. However, for severe mold problems or if you have an older front loader, you might need to run the cycle repeatedly to ensure that you get rid of all the mold spores.
According to the manufacturer’s instructions, if you have smelly towels, add a tbsp of Smelly Washer Cleaner to your wash load without laundry detergent. Allow the wash load to go through the cycle. Run the wash cycle again, but this time use your laundry detergent of choice. Allow the load to go through the wash and rinse cycle as normal.
Well, there you have it. Two products that have helped some consumers to prevent and remove mold from their front-load washers. If you have tried removing mold from your front-load washer without success, one of the options mentioned above might solve your problem.
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