How to prevent mold buildup in front-loading washing machines

One of the biggest problems today facing American consumers is how to prevent mold buildup in front-loading washing machines.  Front-loading washing machines are the best at cleaning clothes and saving energy, but they can be magnets for mold and odor because water collects around the rubber door gasket.  Newer models are being designed to alleviate this problem but if you have an older model the following tips on how to prevent mold buildup in front-loading washing machines, will help you quite a bit.

There are ways to stop or prevent mold in a front-loader washer. If you don’t have a self-cleaning setting on your washer, you can run a hot-water wash alone or with some chlorine bleach to get the same effect.


  • When washing, use warm or hot water unless a load requires cold.
  • Clean the door gasket with a light bleach solution making sure to clean the area where the gasket and machine meet.
  • Wipe the door gasket and glass dry once you’re done.
  • Clean the detergent dispenser and any attachments once or twice a month.
  • Run a dehumidifier if your laundry room is damp.
  • Keep the washer door open between loads to allow air to circulate. If you have small children, keep the laundry-room door locked.
  • If none of this works, call the manufacturer for service and save all mold-related paperwork, even after the warranty expires.  You may have to repeat the steps several times.

If you think you have a problem with mold in your front loading washing machine and you live in the NY, NJ, CT area give us a call at 866 543-3257