These 4 simple steps on How To Clean Front Load Washing Machines will have you jumping for joy and loving your washer once again.
I am often asked how to clean front load washing machines. When I rave about loving mine, the most common response is how gross and stinky they get. Overtime and with neglect, they do get pretty gross. Especially if you use yours as much as we do (daily). I researched solutions, as well as tried out a few. I am going to share with you my favourite method.
We moved to Canada at the end of the year and I inherited a new washer and dryer. Other than being so tiny (we had Maytag maxima XL at our old home), they are actually a wonderful set. I have found I need to maintain them much more often though since they do have a compact trap.
How to Clean Front Load Washing Machines
You will need:
Vinegar Rinse. Vinegar is my favourite cleaning ingredient. I use it to make so many solutions since its acidic properties are perfect for cutting through grime and mildew. Most front loaders will mildew when not properly aired out. Pour 2 cups of vinegar in the soap dispenser and run the washer on the “Clean Washer” cycle. If your machine doesn’t have a cleaning cycle, I would put on the heavy duty cycle using hot water setting.
Bleach Rinse. If you are like me, things just feel cleaner with bleach. It is the recommended cleaner for my washer and perfect to clean the washer out and rid it of stains and residue. Pour 2 cups of bleach in the soap dispenser. Run the “Clean Washer” cycle again or heavy duty with hottest water setting. Once it is over, wipe down the inside rubber sealer with a microfibre cloth. I used a little mild dish soap water solution.
Water Rinse. Run the rinse cycle on your machine. This is usually a short cycle. I would use the hottest water selection if possible. Most rinse cycles are done in cold water, so this is dependant on your machine.
Clean the soap dispenser trays. I can remove my entire tray. Soak in a mild detergent solution or vinegar water to loosen grime, then wipe clean with microfibre cloth. Mine turned out looking almost brand new. Last, wipe down the front of the machine and top.
I would recommend you use my “How to Clean Front Load Washing Machines” once a month to keep your machine working in tip top condition. In addition, do this each time you use your machine:
- Remove laundry at end of wash cycle promptly. Allowing warm wet clothes to sit is not good for the prevention of mildew.
- Wipe down the rubber trap after each use. It’s amazing what can get trapped in there. Especially baby socks!
- Leave door ajar so that it has opportunity to dry out.
- All in one pods like these from Tide are amazing and don’t require using the soap dispenser trap. I usually only put bleach in ours. Just make sure you have them in a child proof container and put away high out of reach of children.
- If your washer has the Fresh Hold setting, use it! It will continue to toss your clothes around with air to prevent them from mildewing. It was on my last washer and a life saver if I wanted to run a load of laundry right before bed or knew I needed to be out of the house for several hours.
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