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How to Keep Your Front Loader Washing Machine Odor Free

February 9, 2011

 Front loaders are all the rage, and rightly so. They are easier on your clothes, they can handle very large loads of laundry and some even have steam cycles for delicates and removing wrinkles. But none of this is any good if the washer is making your clothes smell worse instead of better. What’s worse than drying off after a shower with a fresh, fluffy, warm towel that smells like mildew?

Don’t worry — not all is lost. You can keep your front loader — and clothes — odor free.

Leave the door open whenever there are no clothes being washed. This allows moisture to escape. After a wash, the tub is warm and wet, which is a hotbed for mold and mildew to grow. When the door is closed, the water has nowhere to go, except down farther under the tub. Opening the door allows it to evaporate.

Use HE or "high efficiency" detergent all the time. Super concentrated, this detergent produces fewer suds and has less fragrance than regular detergents. The volume of suds produced by regular detergents acts like sludge to water draining out of the tub.

Rub a cloth over the inside of the washer at least once a week. Keep a cloth nearby, and wipe down the glass on the inside of the door. Then, gently move the rubber door seal and clean inside there. You’ll notice little grooves where water can sit. Combine 3/4 cup liquid chlorine bleach with a gallon of warm water. Dip a rag in the solution and clean in the grooves of the door seal once a month.

Clean the tub. Some front loader washers have a "tub clean" feature. If yours does, pour bleach into the detergent area. Then run the tub clean with an empty washer. If your front loader doesn’t have this feature, pour the bleach and run it empty on its hottest cycle. When it’s done, wipe it dry and leave the door open. Do this about once a month, or as often as you deem necessary.

Bob Dougherty




Fleet Appliance Repair Long Island NY, Suffolk County NY

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