Over the years, you might notice there is an unpleasant smell coming from your front-load washing machine. I did some research out on the internet for information until I came up with a good solution. Thus, I am starting to have a pretty good idea of what is causing this unpleasant washing machine smell. Keep reading and see the best 5 steps method to clean your front-load washing machine.
Because the washers use less water and energy than standard washers, eventually detergent residue, dirt, mildew, and minerals can build up inside the machine. This buildup is what causes the smell and your clothes to come out of your front-load washing machine not so clean as you would want to.
Hence, luckily, there are a few easy steps you can take to solve this issue. And you don’t have to worry you will be working a lot because, fortunately, the front-load washing machine will do most of the work for you!
Step 1 – Wash Cycle With Vinegar
Thus, first off, you need to make sure the drum of your washer is empty, then select a clean cycle setting on your washer. Simply add 2 cups of vinegar to the detergent tray. This will help you get rid of the odor and deposits and mildew. Then, allow the washing machine to run through a complete wash and rinse cycle.
Step 2 – Wash Cycle With Bleach
Secondly, you will also need a cycle with bleach. Thus, fill the washer a second time with hot water, also on the clean cycle setting. Then, add 2 cups of bleach to the detergent tray. By doing this, you will remove stains and germs that may be lurking in the wash tub. Again, allow the machine to run through a complete wash and rinse cycle.
Step 3 – Rinse Cycle
After the first 2 steps, you will need to run an additional cycle without adding anything to the water. This will thoroughly rinse away any remaining residue.
Step 4 – Clean The Detergent Tray
Remove the bleach dispenser, fabric softener dispenser, and any other removable parts from your washer’s detergent tray. Fill a bucket with warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Drop the detergent tray pieces into the bucket and let them soak for a few minutes. After soaking for a few minutes, pick the pieces out of the bucket and clean them thoroughly with a sponge or cleaning rag. Dry the parts and return them to their original position in your detergent tray.
Step 5 – Clean The Door Seal And Machine Exterior
Lastly, pull back the rubber seal at around the washer door to inspect it for deposits, mildew, and other yucky stuff. Now, mix together 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of warm water in a bucket. Moisten a clean cloth with the bleach water solution, then use the damp cloth to wipe down the seal. After wiping the seal down with the bleach water cloth, follow with a clean, dry cloth to help remove any remaining moisture from the seal area. Finally, use a damp cloth or an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the outside of your machine to get it looking as clean outside as it is on the inside!
That’s it. Simply follow these 5 steps and your front-loading washing machine should be in perfect shape once again! You should also do this regularly, at least once per month and it will get easier everytime.