Any warm and damp environment can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, and your washing machine is no exception. Laundry loads are nonstop, and moisture can pool and linger in nooks and crannies.
What's more: experts suggest that the risk for lurking bacteria is higher than ever before, because the newer, energy-efficient models of today launder clothing at lower temperatures than older machines did — and are therefore less successful at killing germs.
The dangers here are undeniable. Washing machines can breed E.coli, salmonella, and Klebsiella oxytoca, which can in turn lead to vomiting, cramping, weakened immune systems, and even pneumonia. They're particularly dangerous to small children and the elderly.
So where exactly does disease-causing bacteria tend to hide? Here are the three most common problem spots to know, so you can effectively stop health-compromising germs in their tracks.