Many people think of their washing machine as a self-cleaning appliance. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. You may notice after a few months of use that the rubber rings in you washing machine appear to have stains and that your clothes smell a little funky. This is a sign that your appliance may be contaminated with mold.
This is the same humidity-loving mold that can plague your bathroom and kitchen over time. Molds are fungi that can cause inflammation in your respiratory tract. Allergic reactions are the most common health effects of mold. Mold exposure has also been linked to the onset of asthma in children. Spores also have the ability to penetrate into the lungs and cause infection.