Once upon a time, we bought a washer and dryer. They were front-loaders. They were stackable. I was in love.
We just finally got them stacked last week. While we were in Vancouver, Tim did a laundry room renovation that makes the teeny room seem twice as large as before. I was ecstatic! It really is a great thing, but it’s not what this post is about.
I’ve been noticing for a few weeks that the washer has a moldy, mildewy smell in it. And some of our towels seem to smell that way, too. Although I never did before (for safety reasons), in the past few weeks, I started leaving the front door of the washer open to let it air out. And since I can access the machines more easily in our now-spacious laundry room, I gave everything a good wipe earlier this week.
Then I read this post on the Home Ec 101 blog. I had never ever heard that front-load washing machines are prone to mold growth. Since it’s apparent that the machine already has a mold problem, I did a search on how to resolve the problem. It’s scary, but from what I’ve read, it’s not necessarily an easy fix. Although I’ve been noticing the mold smell only for the past few weeks (and I thought it was because SOMEBODY had left wet loads of laundry in the machine for SEVERAL DAYS, but I’m not saying WHO…) it’s possible that this is a problem that’s been building up for a while. That scares the crap out of me. What if this is what’s been causing us to get so many colds. Or if it has something to do with Jade’s seizures?
I literally found out about this issue just now, so I haven’t actually tried to check out the machine to see where the mold might be yet. I’ll let you know how the battle goes. And if you have any tips for me, please let me know.