How to clean a front load washer

How to clean a front load washer

One of the key factors in ending up with really clean laundry is to not overload the washer. Clothes need room to "swim" in the water and detergent solution during agitation to remove soil and stains. If the washer tub is jam-packed, some clothes will have limited exposure time to the cleaning solution and will come out with their original stains and odor. That's why it is important to know the capacity of the washer you are using so you don't overstuff. But how big is your washer drum?

If you have lost your washing machine manual and you need to know the capacity of your washer tub, it is simple to calculate. This is also helpful if you want to replace an older machine with one with the same washing capacity. Determining your washer’s capacity will also help you know how many clothes it should hold in every load to get good results.

The Formula to Calculate Tub Capacity of a Washer

Use this equation to calculate the volume or holding capacity of the washing machine tub; assuming all measurements are in feet.

Volume (cu. ft.) = pi times r times r times D

For the equation, follow this key:

How to Calculate the Tub Volume or Capacity of a Washer

  1. Make all measurements in feet.
  2. Measure the radius of the tub; from the center of the tub to the outside wall of the tub. Alternatively, measure the diameter and divide by two. This is the radius.
  3. Using the formula, multiply the radius by the radius; note this is not the same as multiplying the radius by two. This is equivalent to the radius squared.
  4. Multiply the radius squared from step three above by pi (3.14).
  5. Multiply the value from step four by the depth of the tub to find the cubic feet volume or capacity of the washer.

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Washer Capacity by Type of Washer

If you are searching for a new washer, different styles are sold with the capacity listed in cubic feet.

  • Compact washers are usually 2.30 to 2.45 cubic feet.
  • Both standard and high-efficiency top load washers range between 3.1 and 4.0 cubic feet.
  • Front load high-efficiency washers can range from 4.0 cubic feet to an extra large capacity of 5.0 cubic feet. Most front loaders are between 4.2 and 4.5 cubic feet.

So, What Does This Mean?

Now that you know the size of your washer drum, you can figure out how much laundry it will hold in each load. Remember, while it is economical in both utility costs and time management to do full loads, you should never cram clothes and overstuff a washer just because you can.

When automatic washers became commonplace in homes in the 1950s and 1960s, the washer manufacturers began using the term “load of laundry.” At that time, the capacity of most washers was around eight pounds of clothes or linens. As washers got bigger, so did the pound limits of “a load.” The introduction of high-efficiency washers that contain no center agitator increased the load capacity. Front load high-efficiency washers rely on a tumbling action to move clothes through the cleaning solution and top load high-efficiency washers use a bottom paddle agitator leaving more space for dirty clothes.

Since washer capacity is figured in cubic feet, a measurement of space and dirty laundry is measured by the pound, a weight measurement; you can't do a one-to-one conversion.

Today, every washer comes with a capacity recommendation. As a rule of thumb, 12 pounds of laundry is appropriate for a standard capacity top load washer, 15 to 18 pounds for a front-load washer, and 20 to 22 pounds for an extra large capacity front load washer.

To give you an idea as to how much dirty laundry weighs, here are some guidelines:

How to clean a front load washer

Front-load washers are a popular style of washing machine, but some owners complain that front-loaders are more likely to develop odors than top-loaders. These high-efficiency washers that use less water per load are a standard design in Europe and around the world, and users generally know how to use and clean them. But learning how to properly clean front loaders has posed problems for many in the United States who have transitioned from top-loader machines. As a result, some users find their washing machines plagued with unpleasant odors and mechanical problems due to improper use and cleaning. Such issues can be largely avoided by proper cleaning.

Watch Now: How to Clean a Front-Load Washer to Prevent Odors

Preventing Odors Before They Begin

One key way to keep a washer from becoming smelly is to use the proper amount of detergent. Over time, residue from commercial laundry detergents and fabric softeners may cling to the inside of the washer especially on and behind rubber door seals.

Furthermore, in warm, humid weather or laundry room conditions, mildew or mold may form, particularly if you have forgotten damp clothes in the washer for a few hours.

How Often to Clean a Front-Load Washing Machine

Your washer should be cleaned monthly, or more often if you have exceptionally heavily soiled clothes or live in a hot, humid area. And naturally, you should clean it whenever odors are apparent.

What You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Soft, absorbent cloth
  • Small nylon brush

Materials

  • Liquid chlorine bleach
  • Hydrogen peroxide (optional)
  • Non-abrasive household cleanser
  • Mild detergent

Instructions

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Run an Empty Laundry Cycle Using Bleach

With the washing machine empty and dry, add 1/2 cup of liquid chlorine bleach to the detergent compartment of the dispenser drawer, and fill the bleach dispenser compartment with chlorine bleach to the highest level. Set the washer to the normal cycle setting with warm water and complete the cycle.

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If you do not want to use chlorine bleach, you can use one full cup of hydrogen peroxide instead. Or, use a commercial washer cleaner. Follow the package directions for amount to use and the proper procedure. Do not mix chlorine bleach with other cleaners; the result can be toxic fumes.

Clean the Door and Drum

When the cycle is complete, use a soft, absorbent cloth to dry around the washer door opening, flexible gasket, and door glass. These areas should be cleaned and maintained regularly to ensure a watertight seal. It is a good idea to wipe these down with a dry cloth after every load.

Take the time to clean the inside of the door gaskets and the edges. If dirt and residue get trapped, mold may begin to grow on the backside of the gaskets.

When extremely soiled or oil-soaked items have been washed, a dirty residue may remain on the drum. Remove this by wiping the drum with a nonabrasive household cleanser, then rinse thoroughly with water. Or, repeat the entire cleaning cycle using chlorine bleach.

If your washer has any plastic in the drum, it may become stained from fabric dye. Clean these plastic parts with a nonabrasive household cleanser or repeat the bleach cleaning cycle. This prevents dye transfer to future loads.

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Clean the Dispenser Drawers

Detergent and fabric softener may build up in the dispenser drawers and cause odor and operational problems. Residue should be removed once or twice a month. Never overfill the drawers to prevent damaging electronic components of the washer.

Consult your washer’s user manual to learn how to remove the drawer(s). Most have a safety latch but can be removed easily. If the drawer has inserts for the bleach and fabric softener compartments, remove those from the drawer to clean separately.

Rinse the drawer and inserts with hot tap water to remove traces of accumulated powders and liquids. If they are particularly coated with built-up residue, allow them to soak for 10 minutes in hot water, then rinse. Allow the drawers to air-dry.

Use a small soft brush to clean the drawer opening on the washer. Remove all residue from the upper and lower parts of the recess.

When the drawer and inserts are clean, return the bleach and fabric softener inserts to their proper compartments. Replace the dispenser drawer and run a short cycle such as the Pre-wash cycle without any laundry in the drum to completely flush the system.

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Clean the Outside of the Washer

As part of your ongoing routine, wipe the top, and sides of the washing machine weekly, or after each laundry session. Often, merely wiping with a damp cloth is all that's needed. When necessary, clean the exterior surfaces with warm water mixed with a mild soap. Never use harsh, gritty, or abrasive cleansers on enameled surfaces.

  • If the door or console becomes stained or if there is mildew growth, clean with a diluted chlorine bleach of 1/4 cup in one quart of water. Rinse several times with clear water.
  • You can remove any glue residue from tape or labels with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent.
  • Never store or place laundry products on top of the washer at any time. Spills can damage the finish or electronic controls.

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Maintain a Clean Space

Keeping your washing machine clean will prevent those unpleasant odors and make your machine function better.

Have you noticed a change in how your washing machine smells lately? Does it have grime or dirt you want to get squeaky clean? Or are you trying to maintain the new front load washer you just got? Regardless of your situation, we know it can be easy to neglect taking care of your washing machine. That said, mold or grime can easily build up in your appliance, creating unwanted smells and reducing its ability to function properly. But don’t despair — here is how to clean your front load washer.

How to clean a front load washer

How to Clean a Front Load Washer in 5 Steps

You’ll Need:

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Rubber dishwashing gloves
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Old T-shirt, rag, or towel
  • Sponge or brush
  • Spray bottle

Step 1: Disinfect the wash drum.

The drum is the part of the washer where you load in your laundry — it is also a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and dirt buildup from dirty water. The best cleaning agent for eradicating these culprits of grief is chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach is a disinfectant, and it does a fine job in killing 99.9 percent of bacteria, mold, and mildew. It can also help remove tough stains in the drum.

Add anywhere between one-half to two whole cups of bleach in the drum, close the door of the washer, and run a wash cycle at the longest time option available and at the hottest temperature.

Step 2: Deep clean the rubber gasket.

How to clean a front load washer

When the wash cycle is over, tend to the rubber gasket around the door — this is another part of the washer that can have an easy buildup of mold or grime. First, wipe the rubber gasket clean with an old rag and, then, spray the rubber gasket area with distilled white vinegar. Work in the vinegar with a clean microfiber. This step is to be done thoroughly to ensure that there is no leftover mold or grime.

If the stains on your rubber gasket are stubborn to disappear, wear rubber dishwashing gloves and steep an old rag in chlorine bleach. Tuck the bleach-soaked rag in the rubber gasket, leaving it in for about an hour before wiping the gasket out again, thoroughly.

Step 3: Disassemble and take out the detergent dispenser(s).

The detergent dispenser is the front-load washer compartment that holds the detergent and other laundry agents you use. To clean the dispensers, disassemble them and take them out. If you are not sure about knowing how to do this, you can refer to your appliance’s user manual. Once you take out the dispensers, soak them in hot water before you scrub them with a sponge or brush dipped with a cleaning product of your choice. After clearing out any gunk from the dispensers, leave them out to dry or wipe them with a dry microfiber cloth and affix them to their rightful place in the washer.

Step 4: Wipe down the exterior.

How to clean a front load washer

To clean the exterior of your washer, first, lightly dust the entire surface area of the washer and, then, spritz the exterior with distilled white vinegar. Wipe down the appliance with a microfiber cloth until its shine is restored.

Step 5: Rinse out and dry.

After all the thorough cleaning you performed on your front loader, you should run a rinse and spin cycle to clear out all the cleaning agents you used. You can run the cycle at the longest time and hottest temperature to make sure any residual bleach and vinegar are gone. To prevent a mildewy smell from developing, it is important that you either wipe down the inside of the drum washer until it’s dry or that you leave the door of the washer ajar to air dry.

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Have you noticed a change in how your washing machine smells lately? Does it have grime or dirt you want to get squeaky clean? Or are you trying to maintain the new front load washer you just got? Regardless of your situation, we know it can be easy to neglect taking care of your washing machine. That said, mold or grime can easily build up in your appliance, creating unwanted smells and reducing its ability to function properly. But don’t despair — here is how to clean your front load washer.

How to clean a front load washer

How to Clean a Front Load Washer in 5 Steps

You’ll Need:

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Rubber dishwashing gloves
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Old T-shirt, rag, or towel
  • Sponge or brush
  • Spray bottle

Step 1: Disinfect the wash drum.

The drum is the part of the washer where you load in your laundry — it is also a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and dirt buildup from dirty water. The best cleaning agent for eradicating these culprits of grief is chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach is a disinfectant, and it does a fine job in killing 99.9 percent of bacteria, mold, and mildew. It can also help remove tough stains in the drum.

Add anywhere between one-half to two whole cups of bleach in the drum, close the door of the washer, and run a wash cycle at the longest time option available and at the hottest temperature.

Step 2: Deep clean the rubber gasket.

How to clean a front load washer

When the wash cycle is over, tend to the rubber gasket around the door — this is another part of the washer that can have an easy buildup of mold or grime. First, wipe the rubber gasket clean with an old rag and, then, spray the rubber gasket area with distilled white vinegar. Work in the vinegar with a clean microfiber. This step is to be done thoroughly to ensure that there is no leftover mold or grime.

If the stains on your rubber gasket are stubborn to disappear, wear rubber dishwashing gloves and steep an old rag in chlorine bleach. Tuck the bleach-soaked rag in the rubber gasket, leaving it in for about an hour before wiping the gasket out again, thoroughly.

Step 3: Disassemble and take out the detergent dispenser(s).

The detergent dispenser is the front-load washer compartment that holds the detergent and other laundry agents you use. To clean the dispensers, disassemble them and take them out. If you are not sure about knowing how to do this, you can refer to your appliance’s user manual. Once you take out the dispensers, soak them in hot water before you scrub them with a sponge or brush dipped with a cleaning product of your choice. After clearing out any gunk from the dispensers, leave them out to dry or wipe them with a dry microfiber cloth and affix them to their rightful place in the washer.

Step 4: Wipe down the exterior.

How to clean a front load washer

To clean the exterior of your washer, first, lightly dust the entire surface area of the washer and, then, spritz the exterior with distilled white vinegar. Wipe down the appliance with a microfiber cloth until its shine is restored.

Step 5: Rinse out and dry.

After all the thorough cleaning you performed on your front loader, you should run a rinse and spin cycle to clear out all the cleaning agents you used. You can run the cycle at the longest time and hottest temperature to make sure any residual bleach and vinegar are gone. To prevent a mildewy smell from developing, it is important that you either wipe down the inside of the drum washer until it’s dry or that you leave the door of the washer ajar to air dry.

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With name-brand laundry appliances priced for every budget, we have something for everyone — including unmatched customer service. Shop our digital catalog of home appliances today! As always, our experts are always happy to help, whether you call or visit us in-store.

Have you noticed a change in how your washing machine smells lately? Does it have grime or dirt you want to get squeaky clean? Or are you trying to maintain the new front load washer you just got? Regardless of your situation, we know it can be easy to neglect taking care of your washing machine. That said, mold or grime can easily build up in your appliance, creating unwanted smells and reducing its ability to function properly. But don’t despair — here is how to clean your front load washer.

How to clean a front load washer

How to Clean a Front Load Washer in 5 Steps

You’ll Need:

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Rubber dishwashing gloves
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Old T-shirt, rag, or towel
  • Sponge or brush
  • Spray bottle

Step 1: Disinfect the wash drum.

The drum is the part of the washer where you load in your laundry — it is also a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and dirt buildup from dirty water. The best cleaning agent for eradicating these culprits of grief is chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach is a disinfectant, and it does a fine job in killing 99.9 percent of bacteria, mold, and mildew. It can also help remove tough stains in the drum.

Add anywhere between one-half to two whole cups of bleach in the drum, close the door of the washer, and run a wash cycle at the longest time option available and at the hottest temperature.

Step 2: Deep clean the rubber gasket.

How to clean a front load washer

When the wash cycle is over, tend to the rubber gasket around the door — this is another part of the washer that can have an easy buildup of mold or grime. First, wipe the rubber gasket clean with an old rag and, then, spray the rubber gasket area with distilled white vinegar. Work in the vinegar with a clean microfiber. This step is to be done thoroughly to ensure that there is no leftover mold or grime.

If the stains on your rubber gasket are stubborn to disappear, wear rubber dishwashing gloves and steep an old rag in chlorine bleach. Tuck the bleach-soaked rag in the rubber gasket, leaving it in for about an hour before wiping the gasket out again, thoroughly.

Step 3: Disassemble and take out the detergent dispenser(s).

The detergent dispenser is the front-load washer compartment that holds the detergent and other laundry agents you use. To clean the dispensers, disassemble them and take them out. If you are not sure about knowing how to do this, you can refer to your appliance’s user manual. Once you take out the dispensers, soak them in hot water before you scrub them with a sponge or brush dipped with a cleaning product of your choice. After clearing out any gunk from the dispensers, leave them out to dry or wipe them with a dry microfiber cloth and affix them to their rightful place in the washer.

Step 4: Wipe down the exterior.

How to clean a front load washer

To clean the exterior of your washer, first, lightly dust the entire surface area of the washer and, then, spritz the exterior with distilled white vinegar. Wipe down the appliance with a microfiber cloth until its shine is restored.

Step 5: Rinse out and dry.

After all the thorough cleaning you performed on your front loader, you should run a rinse and spin cycle to clear out all the cleaning agents you used. You can run the cycle at the longest time and hottest temperature to make sure any residual bleach and vinegar are gone. To prevent a mildewy smell from developing, it is important that you either wipe down the inside of the drum washer until it’s dry or that you leave the door of the washer ajar to air dry.

Call or Visit Us!

With name-brand laundry appliances priced for every budget, we have something for everyone — including unmatched customer service. Shop our digital catalog of home appliances today! As always, our experts are always happy to help, whether you call or visit us in-store.

Have you noticed a change in how your washing machine smells lately? Does it have grime or dirt you want to get squeaky clean? Or are you trying to maintain the new front load washer you just got? Regardless of your situation, we know it can be easy to neglect taking care of your washing machine. That said, mold or grime can easily build up in your appliance, creating unwanted smells and reducing its ability to function properly. But don’t despair — here is how to clean your front load washer.

How to clean a front load washer

How to Clean a Front Load Washer in 5 Steps

You’ll Need:

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Rubber dishwashing gloves
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Old T-shirt, rag, or towel
  • Sponge or brush
  • Spray bottle

Step 1: Disinfect the wash drum.

The drum is the part of the washer where you load in your laundry — it is also a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and dirt buildup from dirty water. The best cleaning agent for eradicating these culprits of grief is chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach is a disinfectant, and it does a fine job in killing 99.9 percent of bacteria, mold, and mildew. It can also help remove tough stains in the drum.

Add anywhere between one-half to two whole cups of bleach in the drum, close the door of the washer, and run a wash cycle at the longest time option available and at the hottest temperature.

Step 2: Deep clean the rubber gasket.

How to clean a front load washer

When the wash cycle is over, tend to the rubber gasket around the door — this is another part of the washer that can have an easy buildup of mold or grime. First, wipe the rubber gasket clean with an old rag and, then, spray the rubber gasket area with distilled white vinegar. Work in the vinegar with a clean microfiber. This step is to be done thoroughly to ensure that there is no leftover mold or grime.

If the stains on your rubber gasket are stubborn to disappear, wear rubber dishwashing gloves and steep an old rag in chlorine bleach. Tuck the bleach-soaked rag in the rubber gasket, leaving it in for about an hour before wiping the gasket out again, thoroughly.

Step 3: Disassemble and take out the detergent dispenser(s).

The detergent dispenser is the front-load washer compartment that holds the detergent and other laundry agents you use. To clean the dispensers, disassemble them and take them out. If you are not sure about knowing how to do this, you can refer to your appliance’s user manual. Once you take out the dispensers, soak them in hot water before you scrub them with a sponge or brush dipped with a cleaning product of your choice. After clearing out any gunk from the dispensers, leave them out to dry or wipe them with a dry microfiber cloth and affix them to their rightful place in the washer.

Step 4: Wipe down the exterior.

How to clean a front load washer

To clean the exterior of your washer, first, lightly dust the entire surface area of the washer and, then, spritz the exterior with distilled white vinegar. Wipe down the appliance with a microfiber cloth until its shine is restored.

Step 5: Rinse out and dry.

After all the thorough cleaning you performed on your front loader, you should run a rinse and spin cycle to clear out all the cleaning agents you used. You can run the cycle at the longest time and hottest temperature to make sure any residual bleach and vinegar are gone. To prevent a mildewy smell from developing, it is important that you either wipe down the inside of the drum washer until it’s dry or that you leave the door of the washer ajar to air dry.

Call or Visit Us!

With name-brand laundry appliances priced for every budget, we have something for everyone — including unmatched customer service. Shop our digital catalog of home appliances today! As always, our experts are always happy to help, whether you call or visit us in-store.

Have you noticed a change in how your washing machine smells lately? Does it have grime or dirt you want to get squeaky clean? Or are you trying to maintain the new front load washer you just got? Regardless of your situation, we know it can be easy to neglect taking care of your washing machine. That said, mold or grime can easily build up in your appliance, creating unwanted smells and reducing its ability to function properly. But don’t despair — here is how to clean your front load washer.

How to clean a front load washer

How to Clean a Front Load Washer in 5 Steps

You’ll Need:

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Rubber dishwashing gloves
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Old T-shirt, rag, or towel
  • Sponge or brush
  • Spray bottle

Step 1: Disinfect the wash drum.

The drum is the part of the washer where you load in your laundry — it is also a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and dirt buildup from dirty water. The best cleaning agent for eradicating these culprits of grief is chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach is a disinfectant, and it does a fine job in killing 99.9 percent of bacteria, mold, and mildew. It can also help remove tough stains in the drum.

Add anywhere between one-half to two whole cups of bleach in the drum, close the door of the washer, and run a wash cycle at the longest time option available and at the hottest temperature.

Step 2: Deep clean the rubber gasket.

How to clean a front load washer

When the wash cycle is over, tend to the rubber gasket around the door — this is another part of the washer that can have an easy buildup of mold or grime. First, wipe the rubber gasket clean with an old rag and, then, spray the rubber gasket area with distilled white vinegar. Work in the vinegar with a clean microfiber. This step is to be done thoroughly to ensure that there is no leftover mold or grime.

If the stains on your rubber gasket are stubborn to disappear, wear rubber dishwashing gloves and steep an old rag in chlorine bleach. Tuck the bleach-soaked rag in the rubber gasket, leaving it in for about an hour before wiping the gasket out again, thoroughly.

Step 3: Disassemble and take out the detergent dispenser(s).

The detergent dispenser is the front-load washer compartment that holds the detergent and other laundry agents you use. To clean the dispensers, disassemble them and take them out. If you are not sure about knowing how to do this, you can refer to your appliance’s user manual. Once you take out the dispensers, soak them in hot water before you scrub them with a sponge or brush dipped with a cleaning product of your choice. After clearing out any gunk from the dispensers, leave them out to dry or wipe them with a dry microfiber cloth and affix them to their rightful place in the washer.

Step 4: Wipe down the exterior.

How to clean a front load washer

To clean the exterior of your washer, first, lightly dust the entire surface area of the washer and, then, spritz the exterior with distilled white vinegar. Wipe down the appliance with a microfiber cloth until its shine is restored.

Step 5: Rinse out and dry.

After all the thorough cleaning you performed on your front loader, you should run a rinse and spin cycle to clear out all the cleaning agents you used. You can run the cycle at the longest time and hottest temperature to make sure any residual bleach and vinegar are gone. To prevent a mildewy smell from developing, it is important that you either wipe down the inside of the drum washer until it’s dry or that you leave the door of the washer ajar to air dry.

Call or Visit Us!

With name-brand laundry appliances priced for every budget, we have something for everyone — including unmatched customer service. Shop our digital catalog of home appliances today! As always, our experts are always happy to help, whether you call or visit us in-store.

Nothing beats the fresh scent of clean laundry; until that scent is overpowered if your washing machine smells bad. For those with front-load washers, chances are you’ve wondered, “How do I get my front load washer to stop smelling?” We’ll help identify why your front load washer smells bad, pinpoint the source of the smell and prevent front load washing machine odor for good.

What to Do When Your Front Load Washer Smells Bad

The very things that make a front-load washer different from a top loader can often be the source of odor when a front load washer smells. Before we review some cleaning tips and steps, it’s helpful to understand why your front load washer stinks.

Why Does My Front Load Washer Smell?

Lots of detergent and water make for clean clothes, right? Not for an HE front load washer. Because these washers use less water and energy to clean clothes, using a non-HE detergent or too much in general can lead to a layer of soap buildup in your washer drum. Combined with the warm, moist environment of a washer, this buildup can become a prime setting for smelly front load washer mold.

Similarly, the rubber gasket that helps seal the door closed on a front load washer can also be a catchall for dirt and soap scum. This makes the perfect breeding ground for mildew and your washing machine smells like rotten eggs as it multiplies. With a lack of regular cleaning to combat these issues, a bad smell can easily take over the washer.

How to clean a front load washer

How to Clean a Front Load Washer Gasket

Fortunately, there are some simple tips and tricks to get rid of odors when your front load washer smells bad. We recommend these steps for how to clean mold from front load washer gasket:

  1. Open the washer door and peel back the rubber gasket.
  2. Remove any small objects, lint, and hair that may be trapped.
  3. Spray down the gasket with hot, soapy water and wipe away with a clean cloth.
  4. For persistent mildew, spray with a solution of 10% bleach and water or a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water. Wipe with a clean cloth.

How to Clean Washing Machine Drum

When your front load washer smells bad because of buildup in the washer drum running a tub clean cycle can help banish odor. Follow the instructions in your user manual to properly use this cycle. If your washer doesn’t have a tub clean cycle, here’s how to clean the tub:

  1. Sprinkle 1/3 cup baking soda in an empty washer drum.
  2. Pour 2 cups white vinegar in the detergent tray.
  3. Run a cleaning cycle or regular wash with hot water.
  4. For persistent mildew, pour 2cups bleach in the bleach dispenser and run a second wash cycle.

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Preventing Front Load Washer Smells

If you’re wondering, “How do I get my front load washer to stop smelling?” we have you covered! With a little change in habit and regular cleaning, you can prevent future takeovers from front load washer smells:

  • Clean your washer’s gasket and tub regularly, every 2-3 months.
  • Make sure you use an HE detergent formulated for your washer.
  • Use the recommended amount of detergent with each load, refraining from adding too much or too little.
  • Remove washed clothing as soon as a wash cycle ends to prevent a moist environment for mildew.
  • When not in use, leave the door of your washer open to allow air to circulate.

Solar Appliance is here to help not only when your front load washer smells bad, but also when you need a washer repair service. Give us a call for all your appliance needs!