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Mouldy Washing Machine?!

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AGnu Fri 21-Mar-14 16:26:51

I've been meaning to ask about this for a while - TBH, I've been putting it off because I'm scared the answer might be expensive! blush

Our washing machine (Zanussi ZWF16581W) gets mould in the drawer & in the rubbery bit between the drum & the door. DH is convinced this means it's not heating but as far as my research has told me, modern washing machines would have an error code if it wasn't. Is this always true or can something go wrong & no error code appear? I've also read about people worrying that their machines aren't heating when they are, it's just the glass doesn't get particularly warm. Is this true?

It's gross & freaking me out & I'm really paranoid that my supposedly clean clothes are actually covered in mould & might end up making someone ill. I have a tendency to be over dramatic... But I don't know if I am or not! confused

We don't want to go shelling out for a plumber if there's either no problem or it's something simple that my DIY-handy DH can sort out! Anyone know if there's actually a problem or is having to clean mould out of your washing machine a normal thing to do?!

TheSydenhamSet Fri 21-Mar-14 16:28:42

Do you make sure to keep the door and drawer fully open after a wash so it can dry out? If not, mould problems are almost inevitable.

Watto1 Fri 21-Mar-14 17:15:54

Watching with interest as I have the same problem. Unfortunately, I can't leave the drawer and door open because anyone opening the back door would take the drawer clean off and the catflap would be blocked. Are there any specialist washing machine cleaning products that would do the job?

mousmous Fri 21-Mar-14 17:21:40

clean the rawer andthe slot where the drawer sits in. use a kitcken or bathroom spray and a toothbrush to scrub everything off.
then do a 90degree wash without any detergent.
in future put the powder directly into the drum and leave the drawer open a bit when washer not in use.

OuterFromOutersville Fri 21-Mar-14 17:22:52

Your best bet is to:

Stick the drawer through the dishwasher
Clean the bit the drawer goes into using a steam cleaner
Replace the seal
Run a maintenance wash once a month
Keep the door opening to prevent the seal going mouldy again

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