How do you remove mildew from a washing machine?


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Remove mildew from the interior of a washing machine with a mixture of liquid bleach and vinegar. Pour the solution into the empty washing machine. Run a complete cycle on hot water to eliminate mildew within the washing drum. Use the same solution to remove mildew along the rubber seal.

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  1. Combine vinegar and bleach

    In a well-ventilated area, combine 2 tablespoons of liquid bleach with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. The acidity of vinegar and the potency of bleach actively work to remove mildew while helping to prevent future outbreaks. Pour the mixture into the empty washing drum.

  2. Turn on the washing machine

    Activate a complete wash cycle with hot water. Do not put laundry detergent into the washer.

  3. Clean washer lid and rubber seals

    Pour equal amounts of white vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Add 2 tablespoons of liquid bleach into the bottle. Liberally saturate the rubber seal around the washer door. Allow the vinegar solution to rest for five minutes before wiping away with a clean cloth. Repeat this process on the interior and exterior of the washer lid. Wear latex gloves to protect hands.

  4. Open washing machine door

    Allow excess moisture to evaporate by opening the washer door after cleaning. Prevent future mildew growth by keeping the door open after wash cycles.

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