Removing black mould from your washing machine

It's common for black mould to appear on the inside of washing machines, particularly around the door seal. This guide explains how to get rid of it and stop it from reappearing.

 

What is black mould?

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Black mould is bacteria that forms in warm, wet environments (like the inside of your washer), and can cause illness, or make allergies flare up. It is most common on the rubber seal of front-loaded washing machines.

 

Removing black mould from a washing machine

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Spray the area with an abrasive detergent or specialist black mould cleaner.

2.

Carefully wipe up the loose mould and dispose of it immediately.

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Run a full washing cycle using the hottest heat setting available. Don't add any clothes to the machine, but add a detergent that contains bleach to sterilise the drum and get rid of any remaining bacteria.

Preventing black mould from reappearing

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Leave the machine door open between washes to allow heat to escape, and moisture to evaporate.

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After each wash, wipe up any water left around the seal.

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Don't leave wet clothes in the drum overnight.

4.

Run a hot, empty wash once a month using a detergent that contains bleach.

Hopefully that's everything you need to know, but if you need any extra help, you can get in touch with Team Knowhow here.

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