Did you know you needed to clean your washing machine? Well, we sure didn't-so embarrassing. We were noticing that our just-washed-laundry was smelling musty. We switched laundry detergent and that didn't help either. So when all else failed I looked at the owners manual to discover that we weren't properly maintaining our washer.
How to Clean Your Front Loader Washing Machine
This is how much moisture there was 48 hours after doing a load of laundry. The high efficiency machines spin so much water out of the laundry that water sits inside the drum.
I pulled back the rubber seal inside the machine at the drum area...
...and found this MOLD! Yuck!!
I decided to give the entire washer a good cleaning.
I poured 2 cups of bleach into the dispenser...
And ran a cycle on "sanitize" which is our hottest cycle. Newer machines have a "clean" cycle.
Run another cycle using 2 cups of vinegar...
After you have done your laundry, be sure to leave your door ajar until it air dries.
We are happy to say there is no long a stale, musty odor in our washing machine! Good Luck!