Q. Dear Umbra,

I have had issues with odor from my front-loading washing machine, even though I almost always take the clothing out soon after washing and leave the door open. I haven’t always cleaned the gasket, since it leaks and I wondered if I was messing it up. Now I’m wondering if my washer is a mold factory I need to replace. Are the new front loaders any better regarding mold? Should go back to a top loader? I love saving water, but don’t want to have a moldy washer.

Kelly