Until recently, a front loading washing machine was generally only found in commercial laundromats. However, with energy costs soaring, the traditional top loading washing machine has started to fall out of favor when compared to the more energy- and water-efficient front loaders. For those used to top loading washing machines, keeping a front loading machine clean and odor-free may seem like a challenge, but there are many natural ways to clean a front loading washing machine that is not only easy on the environment but also easy on the household budget.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Owner's manual
- Clean cloth
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Powder laundry detergent
Step One-Read the Owner's Manual
Take the time to read the manual closely and always follow its recommendations for proper maintenance.
Front loading washing machines have gained a reputation of being difficult to clean, with a susceptibility to developing bad odors. One of the best ways to eliminate bad odors from your front loading washing machines is to make sure that they do not occur in the first place.
Part of the problem comes from the fact that front loaders are tightly sealed, and when the door is closed after washing, any moisture inside will be trapped. This trapped moisture allows the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria, especially on the rubber gasket that surrounds the glass window on the washer door.
Step Two-Remove Excess Moisture
Get rid of excess moisture in your washing machine by removing wet laundry as soon as it is finished. Next, with a clean, dry cloth, wipe down the inside of the door and rubber door gasket.
Finally, keep the door open between washes to allow the interior to completely dry, but be careful if you have young children or pets.
Step Three-Keep Your Machine Clean
Every two weeks, take a spray bottle filled with white vinegar, which is a natural deodorizer and disinfectant, and spray down the interior of your washing machine. This includes the rubber gasket and all nooks and crannies. Let the vinegar stand for one hour.
Next, with an empty machine, run a cleaning cycle using hot water and a cup of bleach. If you do not want to use bleach, you can also use a cup of white vinegar or two cups of baking soda with the cleaning cycle.
Vinegar is helpful for odor problems and killing mold and mildew, and baking soda is great due its mild abrasive qualities and natural deodorizing properties, so you can clean your front loading washing machine with one cup of white vinegar and one cup of baking soda and start a cleaning cycle using hot water. The combined forces of vinegar and baking soda will leave the interior of your machine looking and smelling great.
Step Four-Prevention is the Key
Liquid laundry detergents and fabric softeners can build up on the interior surface of your washing machine. This build-up is an excellent medium for the growth of mold and bacteria. Instead of liquids, use HE powder detergent and fabric softener dryer sheets.
By being proactive and taking these natural, preventive steps right from the start, you can help keep your washing machine clean and odor-free. Also, these cleaning methods will help you can stay ahead of any potential problems in the future.