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How To Clean Your Front Load Washer

Question: How many of you have ever thought about cleaning our appliances? Admittedly, I never did - until I got a front load washer. After using it a few months, it began to smell. All those months of cleaning nasty workout clothes and food-covered kid's clothes was taking its toll. Luckily, with a bit of cleaning, I had it back in working order in no time.
How long does it take? Depending on how dirty your washer and dryer are, it can take several hours. The most basic clean-up requires a minimum of 1 hour.
How often should you clean your washer? Basic maintenance should be done every other month for optimal performance. More in-depth cleanings should be done every six months.
For basic cleaning, fill the bleach container in your detergent drawer and run the hottest cycle available. Many HE washers have a Clean Cycle. If so, use this cycle. I recommend doing this once a week/every other week depending on much you use your washer.
For those nasty, stinky washers, do the above. Once completed, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup water together and pour into the detergent compartment in the detergent drawer. Next, add 2 cups of white distilled vinegar to the washer drum. Run the hottest cycle and allow the baking soda and vinegar to do it's magic.
Once finished, scrub the inside of the drum with a non-abrasive sponge (the blue ones) and clean the inside seal of the washer. The seal is where the majority of the nastiness from the front load washers come from.
Now that you've removed the gunk from your front load washer, it's time to keep it clean. This is the easy part. After each laundry batch, wipe the inside of the seal, removing any water or debris. Next, leave the door open for a few minutes to allow the washer to air out. Finally, clean around the detergent drawer to wipe up any spillage that may have occurred.

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  • Diane Kunderer Breer
    Diane Kunderer Breer Ballwin, MO
    on May 2, 2015

    What about the front loader dryer? It has a old smell and does not seem to dry as well. Someone said something about a sensor. But I don't know.

    • The Rozy Home
      The Rozy Home
      on May 2, 2015

      Hi Diane! Is it a chemical smell? If so, that usually happens when Ive been painting. It has to do with the chemicals of the paint and the heat of the dryer. It doesn't even matter if it's on the same floor. As far as the sensor - it is Usually where the lint trap is. Clean it out rrally well and that should fix it. Check the link with the article and I go over that there.

  • Kay McKinney
    Kay McKinney
    on May 2, 2015

    Hi, Diane! I used to have a not-so-new dryer that stopped drying clothes. The drum turned, but there wasn't much warm air. My go-to guy wasn't available, but told me to pull the dryer out from the wall and look for a fuse compartment. Mine was on the upper right, as I recall. I took the fuse to the hardware store and got a replacement, then put the new fuse in the back of the dryer. Worked like a dream!

  • Karyl Conard
    Karyl Conard Douglass, KS
    on May 2, 2015

    I use distilled vinegar instead of fabric softener and wipe the washer seal after the last load every time. Never gets stinky. Re dryers, you might try washing your fuzz filter. If it gets coated from your fabric softener, it will get stinky and air doesn't pass through it as easily either.

    • Karyl Conard
      Karyl Conard Douglass, KS
      on Sep 5, 2017

      Yes you are correct. I put distilled vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser instead of softener. If you want to keep using softener, you can still clean your door seal with white vinegar.

  • Nancy Velletta
    Nancy Velletta Yukon, OK
    on May 3, 2015

    The ONLY thing I have found to remove the smell is called Technofresh. It explains in detail on their website why you're getting the smell. I have quite a few friends who use it as well and swear by it. www.technofresh.net I've used it for several years.

  • Linda Holland
    Linda Holland
    on May 7, 2015

    Good ideas. I always dry the water around the rim (rubber seal) after last wash o the day. and leave washer door open. This helps too.. Thank for your help with the other steps too..

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