Germs and Viruses


Mold is a common and dangerous problem with front loaders. Mold and mildew, at best, can cause bad odors in the machine and on your clothes. At worst, mold can make you sick. It grows because dirt, lint and water gathers between the seal of the machine’s tub and door, thus creating the ideal atmosphere for the breeding of mold, mildew and other bacteria.

The mold creates inhalable spores, and the bacteria create nasty odors. Inhaled toxic mold spores can cause chronic fatigue; dizziness; eye, nose and throat irritation; fever and flu-like symptoms; headaches; learning disabilities; nausea; severe breathing problems and vomiting. Therefore, it is important that you keep your front-loading washing machine clean and that you keep the area between the door and the tub dry when not in use.
E.coli and Salmonella

Salmonella and E. coli are bacteria and top 2 causes of food poisoning in the world. They are similar bacteria, salmonella evolved from E. coli which explains their same means of transmission and common symptoms. But, they are different as E. coli is much more heterogeneous compared to salmonella, and therefore has more dangerous harmful and can cause infections like food poisoning, fever, adult kidney failure, seizures, pneumonia, and urinary tract diseases.

Many homeowners wash these fabrics together due to their similar soiled nature, but Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, told ABC News that one load of undergarments foster about 100 million E. coli in the wash water alone.
Staphylococcus aureus

S. aureus can cause a range of illnesses, from minor skin infections, such as pimples, impetigo, boils, cellulitis, folliculitis, carbuncles, scalded skin syndrome, and abscesses, to life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, toxic shock syndrome, bacteremia, and sepsis.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Pseudomonas is a type of bacteria (germ) that is found commonly in the environment, like in soil and in water. Of the many different types of Pseudomonas, the one that most often causes infections in humans is called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause infections in the blood, lungs (pneumonia), or other parts of the body after surgery.
Klebsiella pneumoniae

Klebsiella pneumoniae is second to Escherichia coli the most common gram-negative pathogen associated with a wide spectrum of infections, such as urinary tract infection (UTI), pneumonia, intra-abdominal infection, bloodstream infection (BSI), meningitis and pyogenic liver abscess (PLA)

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