What’s that Smell? Cleaning your front loading Washer
Front-load washing machines are more water efficient than traditional washers. Not only do they require less water, but they also use less energy and tend to get your clothes cleaner. While using a front-load washer can save you money on detergent, water and energy costs, they also must be cleaned on a regular basis. A general rule is to clean it at least once a month. But check your owner’s manual for cleaning and maintenance guidelines.
Instructions for Clean Cycle on the Washer
- Add one cup of bleach to your washer’s soap dispenser.
- Turn the power on, choose the clean cycle and press Start. If you washer does not have a clean cycle, then set it to heavy wash with warm water
- Run a second rinse cycle after your washer’s clean cycle is complete.
Let the moisture escape
Make it a habit to always leave the door to the washer open. Sometimes moisture is trapped inside and it causes the musty smell. Trapped moisture inside the washer is also a very attractive breeding place for molds and mildew not to mention germs and other harmful microorganism.
Use high-efficiency detergent
The kind of detergent you use is also very helpful in cleaning the front loader’s tub. Non HE detergent is loaded with fragrance & over suds clothes. The soap become trapped both inside your washers tub, gasket and your clothes, leaving a less than clean smell.
Wipe the inside of the tub and the gasket
If you have the luxury of time, you can do this every after you finish doing the laundry. This way, you can be sure that the inside of the tub is really dry and that no detergent suds nor fabric conditioner remnants are there. There may also be some dirt inside the tub which came from your laundry. Clean these dirt and the like unless you want them mixing with your clothes the next time you do your laundry.
You also have to be careful in cleaning each and every nook and cranny inside the tub that may collect water and moisture. Even a little amount of moisture can lead to mold.