It is really easy to clean a front loading washing machine. Front loading washers have gotten somewhat of a bad name over the years because if they aren't cleaned properly, they can start to develop a mildew like smell over time. There is an easy trick to keeping your front loader clean and easy tips to get rid of the mildew smell in your washer for good!
I love my front loading washing machine so much because it allows me to have maximum storage space in our tiny laundry closet, which is under our stairs. I've dreamt of a large laundry room for many years, but in our home, it's just not possible. To maximize the space in our small laundry room, we bought side by side front loading washer and dryer and added drawers underneath them, then some shelving on top for storage. While it's a little more difficult to clean our front loading washer, it's totally worth it for me! I love how well it cleans our clothing and all of the amazing settings too! If you have a top loading washer, you can check out my post on How to Clean a Top Loading Washing Machine too! I also wrote a handy post that shows How to Clean Your Washer and Dryer as well.
How to Make Your Own Washing Detergent
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- 3 Ingredient Homemade Bleach Alternative
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Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Clean a Front Load Washer
- Empty the washing machine.
Make sure the washing machine is completely empty.
- Make a vinegar cleaning solution.
Mix together equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water in clean spray bottle and shake well before each use.
- Clean the detergent dispensing tray.
Use a cloth to remove any buildup in your detergent dispenser tray. Spray with vinegar mixture and wipe clean.
- Clean the washing machine's rubber gasket.
Pull back the rubber gasket/seal and spray liberally with the vinegar cleaning solution. Continue all the way around the gasket and allow to sit for a few minutes. Use a clean cloth to wipe down the inside and outside surface of the gasket.
- Fill the detergent dispenser with vinegar and run a wash cycle.
Pour distilled white vinegar into the detergent dispenser until it is full. If your washing machine has a "tub clean" setting, run that. If not, run a regular wash cycle on hot water.
- Let your washing machine air dry.
Once the cycle has completed, open your washer door and allow the inside to air dry. Leave your washing machine door open between uses to keep moisture from building up and mildewing.
How to Clean Front Load Washing Machine: FAQS
The short answer is because of the rubber gasket that seals the water in when you wash your clothes. If the dryer is closed, it doesn't have the opportunity to dry and mold and mildew can start to build up over time.
Yes, there is! By leaving your washing machine door open in between washes. This will allow the rubber gasket and inner drum to dry completely.
The best answer I have for this is that front loading washing machines can allow more space for storage on top of the washing machine since the door isn't on the top of the washer. Also, some of the front loaders have a larger washing capacity.