How to clean a front-loading washing machine?

An easy guide for the cleaning of front load washers.

How to clean a front-loading washing machine?

Mould and mildew can grow in front-loading washers if not cleaned regularly, which can cause your clothes to smell bad. The rubber seal on the door of front-load washers is especially prone to mould growth. It is essential to clean it once or twice a month to keep it smelling fresh. By regularly cleaning, you can easily prevent the build-up of mould and odours. These steps will guide you through cleaning your washer door gasket and washer drum:

Step 1: Empty the drum

Empty the drum and remove and clean all the peripherals, including the detergent dispenser. Also, clean the tray before adding cleaning solutions.

Step 2: Sprinkle the products

Sprinkle half a cup of baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, in the washing drum.

Step 3: Add white vinegar

Take one cup of distilled white vinegar and pour it into the detergent dispenser.

Step 4: Run one long cycle

Run a long cycle on the hot water setting to kill mould and clean the washer inside.

Step 5: External cleaning

Once your front load washing machine has completed its cleaning cycle and has cooled down, wipe the lid, opening, and door glass with a soft cloth or towel. Let the door be half open for a while.

How to maintain a clean washing machine

Doing a few simple things will help prevent mould, mildew, and odours in your front-loading washer:

  • As soon as the washing cycle completes, remove the washed clothes from the machine to limit excess moisture within the washing machine.
  • If there is moisture on the lid, gasket, or drum, wipe it up and clean it thoroughly once a month.
  • Use vinegar and baking soda or the manufacturer’s recommended product to clean your front loader washing machine every month.
  • Keeping the door open between loads is a good idea for the moisture to evaporate effortlessly.
  • You should use the appropriate amount of high-efficiency laundry detergent.
  • Your washing machine’s rubber seal or gasket is probably the dirtiest part. Scrub and clean using a nylon brush and the vinegar/baking soda solution every once in a while
  • Remember to remove lint from the lint collectors.

Gasket or rubber cleaning for front-load washers

To prevent long-term damage, it’s essential to get rid of mould as soon as it forms on rubber. Due to the porous nature of rubber, mould may penetrate the surface. As a result, it may eventually crumble and fall apart. Getting rid of mould can be accomplished with either vinegar or bleach. Although bleach is more effective in killing mould, but it may discolour or weaken the rubber. While vinegar takes several hours to kill the mould, it doesn’t damage the rubber. This is how you can clean a front load washer gasket or rubber to eliminate the presence of smelly bacteria:

  • The washer’s interior is visible after opening the door and peeling back the gasket.
  • Ensure that all visible objects, such as hair, buttons, and coins, are removed.
  • To remove mildew, spray hot, soapy water on the gasket and wipe with a clean cloth. Similarly, spray vinegar or bleach mixture and let it work for a few minutes.
  • Use a toothbrush to scrub any black mould spots and wipe them off using a clean damp cloth.

Regular cleaning of the front-load washing machine can save it from repairs. A simple do-it-yourself work can add life to your front-load washing machine , and it does not take much time. So, if you are a busy person with a full-time job, ensure to spare an hour on weekends to look after your electronic items.

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