There's now 300 helpful comments from readers on how to get rid of your smelly washer mold problems on this earlier post. Some give instructions on how to get to hard-to-clean washer parts. This is a hot topic with many consumers who have left comments on my earlier post. And for good reason. They are trying to find a solution to the mold in their front-load washers.
Many thanks to Barry C. (comment 13) who gave directions on how to clean out the washer mold and to all the others who have either added to his instructions or offered helpful tips and alerted readers to this problem. Several people have taken Barry's advice and found a resolution, albeit a temporary one. Yes, unfortunately mold will more than likely recur.
This is such a serious issue and this mold problem is not unique to a particular washer brand. It seems to be occurring in several brands of frontloading high efficiency washers. Why? There are many factors that can cause mold to grow in some low-water high-efficiency washers.
My tips on Caring for Your Front-Load Washer and Preventing Mold will help you understand why mold is occurring and how you can reduce this risk with a little preventative maintenance.
How do you know if you have mold in your front-load washer? Does your washload have an unpleasant odor? Do your towels smell moldy or smell like stinky feet? If your answer is yes, you may already have a mold build-up in your washer. If your washer is still under warranty, call for servicing. If it is not, see how other readers have dealt with this smelly washer syndrome. Has anyone reported their moldy washer as an unsafe product to the CPSC?
I appreciate all the comments that have been left - keep them coming - they're helping. Please leave your comment below to keep the discussion going - it's helpful to readers. Thanks so much!
- After Reading Readers Tips & Comments, Read My Tips to Prevent Washer Mold
- Frontload HE Washer 101
- How a Frontload Washer Differs From a Traditional Topload Washer
- Washer Buying Tips
Update: July 2013: See my Washer Fan Review - it's the only permanent fix for washer mold in front load washers. The Washer Fan is now available for front load as well as non-vented top load washers.