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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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  • Carol darden
    Carol darden Richmond, VA
    on Oct 6, 2016

    I wouldn't have a front loader. My elderly mother has one and it is very tough for her to keep bending down. It cured me to see her struggle. I would only have a top loader.

    • Kathy Keenan
      Kathy Keenan
      on Feb 2, 2017

      We bought our front loaders with pedestals. Don't have to bend over at all!

  • Vgr13627140
    on Oct 26, 2016

    I am a wheelchair user, and the front opening washer and dryer are a godsend. I have them on a custom made pedestal (with custom drawers underneath for storage of all the washing stuff). I couldn't use a top loader anymore, and am thankful for my front loaders!

  • Kristi K
    Kristi K Basehor, KS
    on Feb 2, 2017

    We've had our front load for several years now. I love mine! Once a month I pull the detergent drawer out, spray it down with a bathroom cleaner with bleach, let it sit in the kitchen sink while I spray inside the seal around the door and the back of the detergent drawer compartment. I let it all sit for 10-15 minutes before putting the detergent drawer back in and then run it on the "basket clean" cycle. I also keep the door open about an inch when not in use.

  • Danielle
    Danielle Statesville, NC
    on Feb 2, 2017

    Using hot water with bleach is pointless because hot water decomposes the active ingredient in the bleach and makes it useless. http://www.info.gov.hk/info/sars/en/useofbleach.htm I will say I have had front load machines for over 7 years now and never had a problem with mold or mildew. I leave the door cracked unless the machine is in use, I soak out the detergent drawer in hot water once or twice a year, and if the gasket gets any crud on it I spray it down with a homemade vinegar cleaner and wipe clean with a rag. Wouldn't have any other kind of machine!

  • Lee Schiffel
    Lee Schiffel
    on Feb 3, 2017

    Combining vinegar and baking soda, which is what you are doing as the wash cycle begins, neutralizes both the vinegar and the baking soda. You end up with a mixture that has all of the cleaning power of plain water.

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