Black Mildew in My Washer

I'm not sure if I am in the right category but our washer has accumulated this funky black junk around the top. I have read so many things about cleaning it and I'm just not sure what steps I should take to make it go away or what to avoid so it does not happen again. It smells like mildew, its stinking up the place. I tried cleaning it with an SOS pad and that got rid of the gunk but not the smell and I'm confused because there are so many things I can do to get rid of the smell as I am just trying to narrow down what I should try. Can someone help me?

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Nikki from Suwanee, GA

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful

Is it really IN the washer? You could try running an empty load of just hot water and a ton of bleach. Otherwise, I'd try bleach wherever it is, and lots of it. Good luck!

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

It does soung like mildew. Do you close the washer lid right away after removing the laundry? I usually let my washer lid open for about an hour or so afterwards to dry out, and once a week, whether it needs it or not, I'll run hot water with bleach into it and wipe it all out, then follow by the rinse cycle.

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

go to the dollar general get some mold /destroyer spray it will go away i use it on my ceiling, no black spot

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