The #1 Mistake Youre Making with Your Washing Machine

One last load to transfer to the dryer and you are this close to finishing a week’s worth of laundry. But before you break out the Champagne, there’s one pretty major thing you should do before peacing out of the laundry room:

You should leave the door to your washer open.

Yep, it’s really that simple. Here’s why: If you shut the washing-machine door immediately after a cycle has ended, you will trap in moisture, which can create mildew and spread bacteria that—ew, gross—ends up all over your clothes. By leaving the door open, you’re actually giving your washer a chance to air-dry, minimizing the odds that things will start to get a bit funky inside. Huzzah! 

So, go forth. Do your clothes. Smell daisy fresh. You’ve officially got this laundry thing on lock.

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