How to Fix a Mold Problem in a Front-End-Loader Washing Machine

While front-loading washing machines save you money when it comes to water and energy usage, some models are prone to mold growth, which costs you time, trouble and aggravation.

Keep your washing machine free of mold, and your clothes smelling fresh.Keep your washing machine free of mold, and your clothes smelling fresh.
Mold growth in your washing machine can also make your clothing smell bad, which negates the purpose of washing your clothes in the first place. Fortunately, unless your mold problem is severe, you can get rid of it with items you probably already have around the house.

Put on rubber gloves and inspect your washer for visible mold. Two common spots for mold to grow in front-loading machines are inside the crevices of the door's rubber gasket and inside the detergent dispenser. Mold in a washing machine can also be hidden from sight but smelled.

Wipe away any visible mold with paper towels. Scrape it off with a butter knife if it is stubborn, being careful not to gouge, dent or scratch your washing machine.

Mix one part bleach to nine parts water. Soak a sponge in the mixture and thoroughly wipe the moldy area.

Fill the detergent dispenser with bleach and run the "clean washer" cycle.

Run the "clean washer" cycle again, if necessary, filling the detergent dispenser with white vinegar instead of bleach.

Run the "clean washer" cycle again, if necessary, this time leaving the detergent dispenser empty, and placing 1 cup of baking soda into the washer's main cavity.

Wipe the detergent dispenser and door gasket dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Butter knife
  • Bleach
  • Sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Clean rag


  • Leave the washer door open for several hours after each use. This will help prevent mold from growing back.
  • If the mold growth or moldy smell persists, call a repair technician for professional help.

About the Author

Sandra Rousseau has been writing since 1990, covering such topics as home decorating, fashion, health, beauty, gardening and cooking. Her articles appear her hometown newspaper, the "Aledo Community News," and on various websites. Rousseau holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and advertising from the University of Texas at Arlington.