This $20 Gadget Will Save Your Washing Machine From Mold

Meet your new laundry room hero.

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If you own a front-load washer, you probably already know that mold can be a big problem for your machine—and hopefully you didn't have to learn that the hard way. According to Consumer Reports, mold can develop in several places in front-load washing machines: namely the detergent dispenser and the rubber gasket around the opening of the washer.

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The good news is, you can prevent mold by leaving the door to the machine open to keep moisture from building up. The bad news? It isn't always easy to remember (or remind the whole family) to do so, and if you have a tiny laundry room, it might not be possible to leave the door open in the first place. The Holdy Moldy is here to solve that problem for you, though—and it's only $20 on Amazon.

The Holdy Moldy at work.
Holdy Moldy
Holdy Moldy
Amazon $19.99

The Holdy Moldy is a clever little gadget that attaches to your front-load washing machine to keep it ajar when it's not in use, so your washer can dry out in between loads of laundry. The 360-degree rotating base has an adhesive back that sticks on to your machine right next to the door, and takes less than a minute to install. On the other end of the arm, you'll find a magnet that helps hold the door open securely and makes it super easy to move out of the way when it's laundry day.

Since the Holdy Moldy's arm is short, it only keeps your washer slightly ajar, meaning that it's great for even the smallest laundry rooms. It adds just enough airflow to your washing machine to prevent mold growth without having to leave the door wide open.

And there you have it—no more musty smells and scrubbing mold away, just clean, clean laundry.

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