Cleaning your Front Loader Machine, Naturally. ( Dry Cleaning 10028)
Cleaning your FRONT-LOADER washing machine the natural way. ( Dry Cleaning 10028 )
How to Clean Front Load Washers
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- 1/3 cup of baking soda
- peroxide (optional)
- cleaning rag
- old toothbrush (optional)
Your HE washer probably has a cleaning setting, but before you even begin that, you’ll need to do some detail work. The gaskets at the front of the machine (they are usually gray and rubbery) are notorious for growing mildew. I’ve also noticed they tend to be a magnet for hair, especially pet hair. The people who had the washer before we did had a few cats, and there was a lot of cat hair stuck in the gasket when we first got it.( Dry Cleaning 10028 )
I cleaned the gasket by spraying vinegar into the folds and then rubbing them down with a cleaning rag that I first applied baking soda to. The baking soda makes it a bit more abrasive and reacts with the vinegar once contacting the surface-to-be-cleaned. Our gasket has never had the chance to grow much mold or mildew, but if it did I would apply peroxide following the baking soda and vinegar. Peroxide kills mold. Alternatively, you could scrub the inside of the gasket with an old toothbrush.
Once you’ve cleaned the gasket, make sure to give the door a good wipe-down, too.
When you’re ready to run the cleaning cycle, sprinkle 1/3 cup of baking soda into the drum of the machine. This is just an extra odor-fighting boost. Pour two cups of white vinegar into the detergent dispenser, and turn the dial of your machine to the cleaning cycle. The cycle should take from an hour to an hour and a half.( Dry Cleaning 10028 )
Tips for Keeping Your Front Load Washer Clean
Make sure you leave the door open all the time. Except when you’re washing clothes, obviously. This is even more important for front-load machines than for top-loading ones, because they become smelly quickly. Every time I have shut the door to my machine, I have regretted having done so the moment I opened the door again.
Don’t let your clothes sit. I will admit that I used to have a bad habit of letting my clothes sit in the washing machine for a few hours after I washed them. It was never a problem with my old machine, but with my HE machine, the clothes get that strange smell to them quickly. It’s best to remove the clothes immediately after they’re finished washing.
Wipe your machine out regularly. You won’t want to spend the time or resources to do a full cleaning on your machine very often, but if you give it a quick wipe with a dry towel after you are finished with your laundry for the day, it will stay fresh much longer.( Dry Cleaning 10028 )
Keep the outside of the machine clean. I’m telling you this because I need to remember it myself. Between the dryer dust and laundry detergent residue, my washing machine can get gross pretty fast. I cleaned the outside of the machine while the cleaning cycle was running, and I’m so much happier to have a washing machine that isn’t covered in dust.( Dry Cleaning 10028 )
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