Front-loading Washing Machines Susceptible to Mold?

Front-loading Washing Machines Susceptible to Mold?

Gregory Han
Dec 18, 2009

Consumer Reports dropped news about a notable issue with the energy efficient front loading washers now all the rage in the home appliance department: problems with mold. We often smell the characteristic odour at our local laundromat, but thought it was limited to public load washers, but a survey noted that 8% of untis had issues with mold of mildew.

Here are a few helpful tips to avoid mold or mildew in your washer according to the Consumer Reports piece worth considering if you own one of these style washers:

  • Run only warm- or hot-water loads unless one requires cold.
  • After a load is complete, dry the door gasket (especially the folds) and the glass. Leave the washer door open unless you have small children or another reason not to close it.
  • Clean the detergent dispenser and any attachments monthly. Any part that traps moisture can breed mold.
  • Run a dehumidifier if your laundry room is damp.
We're wondering if the solution is integrating a UV germ-killing lighting system into future models to keep mold/mildew growth in check. Manufacturers will have to take this under consideration as this issue becomes more widely known, possibly affecting sales. Has anyone had issues and/or solutions with their front loader?

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