Washing machines serve for cleaning your clothes, leave them with a pleasant scent and disinfect them. However, if they are not used properly, they are doing the exact opposite of this, due to a build of bacteria-laden mold in them, which can leave your clothes with an unpleasant, moldy scent.
Why mold? A washing provides a warm, humid environment for mold to grow in. Front-loading washing machines are more disposed to mold growth. Those machines usually have an air-tight rubber seal which prevents moisture from leaving the washing machine.
Common indoor molds have an unpleasant smell and look, but they can cause a variety of health problems as many people are sensitive to mold exposure. The most common health problems are allergenic symptoms such as congestion, wheezing, itchy eyes or skin irritation.
Mold can cause more harmful reactions if someone is seriously allergic to mold, or is exposed to it in larger amounts. Usual health problems caused by mold are infections in the lungs, shortness of breath or fevers.
How to Get Rid Of Washing Machine Mold
Mold in general can be a trouble to get rid of because even if you clean all of it what is visible to the naked eye, the mold spores will survive.
In order to clean mold, it is important to use strong and effective disinfectants and antifungals. Many commercial mold cleaners are full of harmful chemicals that can damage respiratory system and organs even more than mold can.
This is a reason why many people opt to use all-natural ingredients that are effective in completely killing the mold in your washing machine.
One of the ingredients in this cleaning homemade product is a vinegar, which is proven to be antifungal and is more effective than many medically prescribed antifungals. It is also cheap and its great advantage is that doesn’t have any adverse side effect, making it superior to commercial or medical antifungals.
Another powerful ingredient used in this cleaning product is lemon juice. It is proven antifungal and antibacterial substance that shows effective disinfectant property in water and moist conditions. Besides cleaning effects, it also leaves a pleasant lemony-scent.
Mold Killing Lemon-Vinegar Mixture
Making this mold-killing mixture is incredibly easy.
1) Mix a quarter cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice with one cup of distilled, white vinegar.
2) Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray mold-infested areas and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
3) Drop a napkin over the mixture and then wipe down the area until the mold is completely cleaned.
Remember to check your washing machine every time after it finishes washing.