Are you afraid that you have mildew in your washing machine? This is especially common if you have a front-loading washer. One indicator that you have mildew is if a horrible musty smell emerges when you open the washer. Another thing to look for is if you notice a funky smell on your clothes, even after they have been washed.
For front-load washing machines with mildew build-up, here are three easy steps that will have it clean and smelling fresh in no time:
Clean the Gasket
Take a rag or towel and clean the rubber door gasket with either hot soapy water or some mildew cleaner. You will want to be sure that you wipe underneath and around the gasket, too, getting all the nooks and crannies.
Clean the Detergent Dispenser
Remove the detergent dispenser to clean it. If it is not a removable, however, just make sure to clean it as well as you can. As with the door gasket, make sure you get into all of the crevices to and are as thorough as possible.
Run A Wash Cycle
Run the washer empty on its longest setting, using hot water. If your washer actually has a tub cleaning cycle, use that. Before you run the washer, add a cup of bleach or a cup of baking soda. Alternatively, you can use a half cup of powdered dishwasher detergent. There are specific washing machine cleaners on the market if you would prefer, but the above choices work just as well and are much cheaper!
You will want to repeat this cleaning cycle if the problem persists. It may actually take several runs through this process to get all of the moldy, mildewed smell out.
If you have tried this several times, and you still cannot get rid of the smell, you will probably need to call in a professional. It is possible that mold and mildew may be growing behind your washing machine’s drum.