Talk about disturbing! Your washing machine is supposed to clean your clothes, but what happens if the machine itself is dirty and full of mold and mildew? That's right! It's not the kind of thing you'd really expect (I certainly didn't), but front-loading machines are apparently quite vulnerable to developing mold. This, in turn, releases mold spores all over your laundry - the stuff you thought was clean.
In fact, this became such a major concern that there was even a lawsuit against some of the biggest appliance companies. Luckily, you don't have to go to such lengthy measures, as there's a much easier way to clean out your machine using just two ingredients!
You see all that mold? It's gross! Washing machines are pretty complicated machines though, so whenever anything goes wrong with them, most people tend to assume that they're better off just getting a new machine since parts and labor are so costly.
But, if you've simply got a mold/mildew problem with your front-loader, all you need is 16 ounces of white vinegar and some bleach.
Mix the bleach with equal parts warm water, soak a rag in the mixture and wipe down every accessible part of the machine, including any parts hidden under the rubber seal. If the mildew is especially caked on in an area, leave the soaked rag on it for half an hour to kill it off. Once you're done, run the empty washing machine on the hottest cycle to rinse out the bleach.