How Your Washing Machine Could Be Making You Sick

Washing machines are bacterial breeding grounds.

Dump the clothes in, add some soap, and wait for the cleaning to commence! That’s how most of us use washing machines. Unless they’re making some really weird noises or downright leaking, we don’t put much thought into whether they’re working properly or not. We just assume that they are.

But, did you know that a washing machine can actually make you and your loved ones ill if you are not careful? This was news to us when we first found out, too. It all starts with the bacteria that they are responsible for breeding. Since the washing machine is always warm and moist, it’s one of the best places for bacteria to grow.

Any washing machine that loads from the front is highly susceptible. You’ll need to check the rubber lining to make sure that everything is okay. Once you get into the habit of checking on this area and cleaning it on a regular basis, you are able to avoid the issues that are most commonly associated with washer mold.

Take a closer look at your clothes when they come out of the machine, too. Are they covered in small black marks? If so, this is a sign that you are dealing with unseen mold.

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Underwear is also a bacterial breeding ground that you will need to be careful about. If you would like to limit the bacterial spread, you should be washing all of your underwear separately from the rest of your laundry.

As for drying clothes, natural sunlight is actually considered to be the best option. You see, the sun’s UV rays are one of the best remedies for bacteria. The offensive particles are zapped away much more easily than they would be in the dryer.