Removing mold from the washing machine is a task that we must not forget if we want to avoid health problems. So if you have suddenly noticed that your washing machine has a strange smell, you need to know that your washing machine is surely infected with mold . In Sleeeeeep we will give you the appropriate natural recipe to eliminate it and thus avoid health diseases derived from having this dangerous fungus.

Yes, mold can be a problem that sticks everywhere and the washing machine is no exception, especially since the doors of automatic washing machines are protected with plastic rubber or gaskets, which are what will prevent water from seeping through the same.

Mold can be very unpleasant and even dangerous, but the only problem that arises from it is that a lot of moisture accumulates in that seal or rubber, which if not completely dried, will be a breeding ground for the cumbersome fungus that can even contaminate your clothes and cause allergies and skin problems.

How to remove mold from the washing machine

Biologically, mold is classified as a fungus. You can get rid of it through a common wash and the following natural bleach that you will make at home.


  • 12 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide

Mix everything very well and put it in a plastic jar and follow the following steps to keep your washing machine free of all contamination caused by mold and do this methodology once a week to prevent your washing machine from forming fungus again.

Step 1: Clean the seal or gasket

The first step to removing mold from the washing machine, and with it from bad odors, is to clean that fungus . To do this, all you need are a couple of rags and a spray bottle containing the natural bleach. You will also need a pair of gloves to protect your hands.

Once you have everything, go to the seals or packaging of your washing machine, explore them so that you know how they are placed and you know how to flip them. Once you know how they are placed, clean all the way around the packaging with a dry cloth or paper.

Continue until the cloth comes out clean. Next, take your spray bottle and carefully spray behind the stamp. If you are not able to easily atomize the stamp, soak the cloth and clean around it. Finally, take a dry cloth and clean it again.

Step 2: Clean the washing tub and hoses

If you have mold growing behind the seal of your washing machine, there is a chance that it is growing elsewhere in the washing machine as well. For that, as a first point, you must see that there are no clothes inside the washing machine.

Next, pour a cup of the natural bleach into the detergent compartment, and set your washing machine to run a long cycle with hot water, and an extra rinse cycle.

There are people who, in this cleaning methodology, prefer to use another type of special bleach to remove mold from the washing machine , which is usually more expensive and contains more chemicals; others prefer to use only the typical chlorine.

If you use any of these options that are usually a little stronger in concentration, and in the end there is still a strong smell from these products, when that cycle is complete you can run another vacuum cycle with hot water to rinse again.

Step 3: keep mold at bay

Once you have your washing machine clean and smelling fresh again, it is very easy to keep it that way simply by holding the door open after washing. Many front-loading washers are so well sealed that they are not capable of venting with a closed door, like top-loading washers.

The door doesn’t have to be left wide open, it just doesn’t have to latch. This will give it enough airflow to keep mold at bay, but it won’t be open enough to be noticed.

Removing mold from the washing machine is fairly simple , and it is well worth your time if you have a smelly washing machine. The whole process takes about 10 minutes of hand work and a couple of hours running wash cycles.

That’s less time than it takes to call your friend and complain about the bad smell coming from the washing machine, so go get some rags, a bottle of bleach, and get rid of the bad smell right now.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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