This $25 Door Holder Will Help Prevent Mildew From Ruining Your Front-Load Washing Machine

Take the hassle out of pulling fresh clothes out of your washing machine.
Take the hassle out of pulling fresh clothes out of your washing machine. / Door-Doc/Amazon
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No one wants to put on their freshly laundered clothing only to get hit with the ever-unpleasant odor of mildew, a smelly scourge that grows in the damp nooks and crannies of front-loading washing machines. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is to leave the door open to promote airflow throughout your machine to dry it out properly. And because open washing machine doors are an absolute nuisance, especially in cramped laundry rooms, Door-Doc has created an easy solution you won’t even notice.

The Door-Doc is a $25 accessory that will hold your washing machine’s door at the precise position to create airflow—it's wide enough to get the job done without making the door a pain to walk past. It's available in white and black to blend in with your machine, and it's made from high-grade plastic, so there is no need to worry that it will break anytime soon.

Magnets help keep the door holder in place, allowing you to quickly install it without worrying about scratching your machine in the process. Just make sure to measure your machine’s door to check that the Door-Doc will work with your particular model.

Save your clothes and appliance from that mildew smell by checking out the Door-Doc on Amazon. To get an even deeper clean, these washing machine cleaning tablets carry a 4.6-star rating after more than 161,000 user reviews. All you have to do is pop one in every 30 cycles to reduce odor and grime.

This story was originally published in 2021. It has been updated for 2022.