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Mold My washer is less than 2 years old and gray coloured bladder between the door and on the front of loader tub has mold inside it. I have used every I know to remove the mold and cannot. I dont even know how it go in their

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This can be a design problem with some models.
The only way to keep on top of it is to use a spray oxygen based bleach product in the gap - and wipe out with a disposible cloth.
Also remove whole drawer assembly for cleaning above and behind the drawer - and as far down the fill pipe as possible.
I found using a foaming product helped a lot with these problems.
Wash a hot wash at least once a week to prevent regrowth - or use the dryer function on combo's to kill off spores.

Some machines are just prone to this problem.

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Clothes Have a sour smell when dried


The moldy odor in this front loading washer (and most other front loaders, too) and the clothes washed in ti is due to the way the washer are built. There's almost always some water that doesn't get pumped out all the way. The water along with detergent residue left inside the machine is the perfect combination for mold growth between wash days.

First stop feeding mold. Stop using "regular" detergent in it. By regular, I mean anything that isn't an "HE" type. You've got to use the types designated as "HE" (High Efficiency). They suds up a lot less, and due to the significantly less water our front loaders use, actually leave less soap residue (that is a large source of the mold and musty smell) behind the tub of front loading machines. I use only about 1/2 of the HE detergent recommended on the bottle and get very good results.

Second, kill off existing mold. Run a clothes-less wash consisting of bleach and HOT water only 1 X week. This should be the last load run whenever the machine will be idle for a couple days or more.

Third, always wipe dry the inside of the tub, detergent & softener dispensing areas, the gasket around the door - particularly the bottom. Again, this is best after the last load is complete.

Fourth, leave all doors open or slightly ajar to allow for air circulation.

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Some products that are designed to rid odors from your washer.


Finally, to remove the existing mold smell from the machine, one or two initial treatments (followed by regular treatments) of a product called "Affresh" (or equal) as directed. Some people have good luck with vinegar, too.

I hope this helps and good luck! Please rate my reply - thank you.

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If it is inside, it is probably mold growing. Front loaders are much more susceptible to mold growth as they seal up tighter, and we all tend to keep the door closed when it is not in use.
Clean the inner door and bellows surfaces with a 50/50 bleach/water solution, applying liberally, and dump the rest into the tub of the washer. Add 1 more cup of bleach to the tub. Fill all of the dispenser cups with bleach. Run the hottest , longest cycle available with the hottest rinse cycle available. For us, it is the "sanitary" cycle. Run a normal cycle immediately thereafter to flush out residual bleach, and leave the door open. The cleaning along with the air drying will keep the mold from growing, and reduce the odors that these machines are famous for. Leave the door open between loads.

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Front loaders are known for building up mold and the smell.
It’s caused by using liquid detergent which is made from animal fat. Use powder. And use the minimum amount.
It’s caused by using fabric softener. Dilute it 50/50 with water.
It’s caused by the water remaining in the tub between washes. Leave the door open to allow it to dry. .
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I have never cleaned my washer as i use bleach in with the whites when i wash. its up to you. they do make a cleaner for that.

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That happened to me too. Check for mold and mildue around the inside seal, if you find anything BLACK, clean it up. Also, pull out the drawer where the laundry detr is and clean it as well. Also, when the washer is not in use keep the door open, this will cut down on the mold and mildue.

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