Here's how to fight mold that's already in your washing machine
If you've got mold, here's how to get rid of it:
1. Start by putting on gloves and grabbing an old towel that you don't care about.
2. Mix a solution of either bleach and hot water OR vinegar and hot water. Never mix bleach and vinegar together, as it creates a chlorine gas that can be harmful to you.
3. Dip the towel in the mixture and start scrubbing away at any visible mold. Make sure to hit the detergent dispenser and around the gaskets.
4. If there's a gasket around the door (front-load washers have them), carefully and thoroughly clean and dry it, including all the folds.
5. Run a wash cycle on the hottest setting your machine offers with a cup of bleach or vinegar. (Not both!) If using bleach, pour it in the compartment designated for bleach. If using vinegar, pour it in the detergent slot. If your machine has a self-clean cycle, you can use that setting. This should kill any hidden mold that you may have missed.
6. Next, use another old towel and wipe away all the moisture in your washing machine. This includes the drum, dispensers, seals and any other areas you can reach.
7. Last, leave the door to your washer open to allow air circulation to dry out any parts you missed. Doing this monthly will help prevent mold growth.
Once, you've cleaned your washer, it's time to move on to the rest of your house. Start with the bathroom: Here's a simple 1-hour science hack for degunking your showerhead -- and how to unclog a toilet without a plunger.