If your clean laundry is smelly or you detect mold in your washer or laundry room, chances are you already have a washer mold problem. Front load washers by design seem to be prone to mold. And though there are some fixes such as those mentioned in comments on this post, or various machine cleaners - these are all temporary solutions. The only permanent remedy for front load washer mold is WasherFan. It's a little fan you attach to your washer to keep the interior dry. It's the best and only permanent fix - everything else is a band-aid-type solution.
Update June 2013: A Washer Fan is now available for non-vented washers.
Read more about this previous post with attached comments: Many consumers have had mold issues with their front load washers; maybe you can relate with some of these comments.
Hundreds of helpful tips from readers on how to get rid of your smelly washer mold problems and 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 this (updated 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 front loading 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. 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 comments on this original post to keep the discussion going - it's helpful to readers. Thanks so much!
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