Spring Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Your Washing Machine and Get Rid of Mold

It's that time of year again - time to do some spring cleaning! One task on your list should be cleaning your washing machine.

Not only will this help keep it running efficiently, but it can also help get rid of any mold that may have formed over the winter. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a washing machine and get rid of any mold or bacteria that may be present. Let's get started!


What is Spring Cleaning?

Spring cleaning is the traditional annual practice of thoroughly cleaning a home with the arrival of spring. The theory behind this tradition is that it gives individuals the time and space to start afresh during the new season.

Spring cleaning gives individuals a chance to replace old items, organize their space, and rid of any unneeded debris from their homes.

This revitalization can enhance not just physical spaces, but also mental well-being. Additionally, it can enable better habits for more organized living in one's home throughout the year.

Why it's Important to Clean Your Washing Machine and Get Rid of Mold

It's important to clean your washing machine and get rid of mold for a few reasons. First, mold can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Second, it can damage your clothes.

Third, it can spread to other areas of your home. Finally, it can be a sign of a bigger problem, such as a water leak. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact a professional for help.

Steps for Cleaning a Washing Machine

A. Run an Empty Cycle with Hot Water and Vinegar Solution

If your Washing Machine isn't cleaning your clothes as well as it used to, there is a simple solution. Run an empty cycle with hot water and vinegar. 

B. Clean the Inside of the Drum with a Brush and Soapy Water

The inside of the drum should be cleaned with a brush and soapy water. This will remove any build-up of detergent or fabric softener. If there are a lot of build-up, you may need to use a mild abrasive cleaner.

C. Wipe Down the Exterior of the Machine

Every morning, I wipe down the exterior of my machine. It's a therapeutic way to begin my day and it gets me in the habit of taking care of my equipment. Not to mention, it looks impressive when clients come in and see a spotless machine.

D. Run Another Cycle to Remove Any Remaining Residue

If there is still residue remaining after the first cycle, run the dishwasher again on the same settings. If this does not remove the residue, try repeating the cycle with hot water instead of warm water. If your Washing Machine has a sanitizing cycle, this may also be effective in removing residue.

Tips for Preventing Mold from Growing in Your Washing Machine

A. Leave the Lid Open After Each Use

Leaving the lid open after each use is essential to prolonging the life of your garbage disposal. By allowing air to circulate, you prevent rust and corrosion from building up and damaging the internal components. In addition, leaving the lid open will help to prevent clogs by allowing debris and waste to flush out more easily.

B. Clean Out the Detergent Drawer Regularly

If you're anything like me, your laundry detergent drawer is a veritable black hole. Every time I open it, I'm assaulted by an avalanche of little bottles and packets. It's sooner (and messier) than you think for that drawer to become a total disaster zone.

That's why it's important to clean out the detergent drawer regularly. Taking a few minutes to declutter and organize can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Plus, it'll make doing laundry that much easier. So next time you're feeling like procrastinating, remember: a clean laundry detergent drawer is a happy laundry detergent drawer.

C. Wipe the Exterior of the Machine After Each Use

It is very important to wipe down the exterior of the machine after each use. This will ensure that no dirt or debris gets into the machine and cause it to malfunction.

D. Run an Empty Cycle with Hot Water and Bleach Once a Month

It is important to clean your washing machine to prevent bacteria and mold from building up and causing foul odors. Run an empty cycle with hot water and bleach once a month to clean the machine and, as a result, lengthen its lifespan.


Now that you know how to clean a washing machine and stop mold, there’s really no excuse for not doing it regularly. You can even make it part of your spring cleaning routine.

Just be sure to schedule an annual maintenance checkup with a professional to keep your machine running smoothly and prevent any future issues. 

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