How to Clean Your Front Loader Washing Machine
Like all things that have anything to do with water, if you are not keeping your washing machine clean and dry, the smells will come- and let me tell you those smells won’t be pretty. Over time, washing machines build up sludge from detergents, fabric softeners, and different fibers from our clothing. This sludge then gets trapped in a warm, damp machine.
With these 5 simple steps you will be able to get rid of that yucky smell that sometimes comes with a front loading washing machine.
You will need the following supplies to get this job done:
- Baking soda
- Towel for wiping off grime
- Start by mixing 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of water.
- Add this solution to your machine’s detergent container.
- Next you will need to pour two cups of white vinegar directly into the drum.
- You will run a normal cycle at high heat.
The baking soda and vinegar will break up that sludge stuck to your drum.
It will also kill any mold. And no mold means, no more yucky smells.
Once your cycle has completed you will now wipe out the drum to remove any moisture. Grab the detergent dispenser and clean the tray and any attachments. You may have to refer to your owner’s manual to see how to pull these trays out to clean.
Once you have cleaned and dried the detergent dispenser replace it directly back into your machine carefully.
When your cleaning cycle has completed and you have also given it a good wipe with a soft cloth to remove any excess moisture you are done cleaning your washer!
To clean the gasket I like using a sponge for this step of cleaning my smelly front loading washing machine. Grab your sponge and add a touch of vinegar to it and scrub, scrub, scrub.
You may have to rinse your sponge and reapply vinegar a few times during this process till you get all the grim and junk out especially if you have an animal that sheds a lot of hair!
This step can actually be done daily but it is also important when doing your monthly cleaning of your washer. Not only is it important to wipe down the inside but be sure to focus on wiping down the outside as well. When wiping down the glass of the door that faces the inside of the drum you are removing moisture that could possibly be trapped inside a closed washer for days at a time.
This last step is the most important. It is simple, leave the door open. You want to do this not only after your monthly cleaning but after every wash cycle
Leaving your door open after every wash helps the moisture evaporate quickly. This will help in keeping those unflattering smells from returning
Leslie B on Dec 21, 2022
As far as front loaders smelling inside..I never had that problem. Simple
e solution. When done..leave the door open. No longer have the front loader. Went back to big top loader..and i still leave the top open. After a bleach load now I pour about 1/2 cup white vinegar in the beach dispenser. For most of my other laundry I add a cap fill of Lysol Laundry sanitizer, in there. Have you tried it yet?? it is fabulous.
Jaejae on Dec 22, 2022
Thank you for posting this article and thank all of you for your input. This is the best article and responses that I’ve read so far! I love it. I made notes and copied all the suggestions that will help me with my laundry habits. I stopped using fabric softener a long time ago and now use vinegar. Thank you all so much, this was a great conversation!