Mold in the detergent drawer of your front load washer? This guide will show the techniques to remove mold from the detergent drawer easily and with safety in mind.
How to best remove mold from washer soap drawer
Why is There Mold in My Detergent Drawer?
Bad smells near your washer? Mold finds the detergent drawer a conducive environment due to several factors. Excess moisture, especially from water left after wash cycles, creates a breeding ground for mold. Infrequent cleaning allows mold to flourish. Using the wrong type of detergent, particularly non-HE detergent in an HE machine, can lead to soap residue, which attracts mold. Poor ventilation in your laundry area can also exacerbate mold growth.
Before diving into the cleaning process, it’s essential to prioritize your safety. Wearing rubber gloves will protect your skin from mold and any harsh cleaning agents you might use. A mask is advisable to prevent inhaling mold spores. Ensure that your laundry area is well-ventilated by opening windows or using an exhaust fan.
Removing the Detergent Drawer
Start by opening the detergent drawer to its fullest extent. You’ll find a release tab, usually located at the top or bottom of the drawer. Press this tab down to disengage the drawer, allowing you to pull it out completely. This gives you full access to the drawer for a thorough cleaning.
Clean the washer drawer
Soaking the Drawer
Prepare a cleaning solution in a sink or a large bucket. Warm water works best, and adding a cup of white vinegar or bleach will help disinfect the drawer. Immerse the drawer in this solution, ensuring it is fully submerged, and let it soak for at least 30 minutes to an hour. This will help loosen the mold and make it easier to scrub off.
Scrubbing the Drawer
After soaking, take a soft brush or even an old toothbrush and start scrubbing the drawer. Pay special attention to corners, crevices, and underneath, as these are areas where mold is most likely to hide. Scrub until you are confident that all visible mold has been removed.
Cleaning the Compartment
While the drawer is out, it’s a good opportunity to clean the compartment where it sits. Soak a cloth in the same vinegar or bleach solution you used earlier. Wipe down all surfaces of the compartment, paying attention to corners and crevices. Follow this up with a rinse using a clean, damp cloth.
Rinsing and Drying
After scrubbing, rinse the detergent drawer thoroughly under running tap water. Make sure to remove all cleaning solution residues. Dry the drawer and the compartment with a clean towel, ensuring they are completely dry to prevent future mold growth.
Running a Cleaning Cycle
As a final step, run a cleaning cycle in your washing machine using hot water along with a cup of vinegar or bleach. This ensures that any lingering mold spores within the machine are eradicated.
Always consult your washer’s user manual for specific cleaning guidelines tailored to your machine model. Regular cleaning and maintenance can go a long way in preventing mold growth.