How to Clean Your Front Loader Washing Machine
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.
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!