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Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean

-Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean-

Keep front loader washing machine clean

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There are just a few simple steps to remember to keep a front loader washing machine clean.   I will give my mom credit here for teaching me when I was younger, then reminding me years later when I bought my first HE machine.  Thanks mom!  We grew up with my mother always having a front loader, and my mother never completely closed the front door.

Shortly after I got my first Front loader it began to smell musty and it dawned on me why my mother never closed the door.  If the washing machine has the ability to dry out inside it is NOT going to grow mold and it will NOT stink.  So I quickly ran a HOT load through with a cup of bleach (Yes, I still used bleach then) it was good as new and I now leave the door open when I take a load out.

Another problem – In talking to many of my clients (I am a Cosmetologist), I hear complaints about front loaders, such as the clothes don’t come clean.  My mother also told me years ago when I got my HE not to over fill the load.  Most people over fill their front loaders and use TOO MUCH LAUNDRY DETERGENT!!!  Most people over fill their top loaders also, you just get away with it (as far as clean clothes go) because the water will come over the top of the clothes.  But in the top loaders you wear something out.  I don’t remember what it is but I did it.  🙂 

In a Front loading washing machine,  you only need a small amount of laundry soap. You DO NOT need to see a lot of soap suds.  IF you see a lot of soap suds it is VERY likely that you are not getting the soap rinsed out,  (less water used).  This will do two possible things –

1.- Cause your clothes to become dingy.  (You will see it on your white first)

2. – Cause your clothes to start to smell.  (Because in a way, they are still dirty, dirty with soap)

With my homemade laundry soap I use 2 tbls for a large load.  I also started using that amount of the commercial store bought that I used to use.

I must share here, the laundry cleaner that I am using next only uses 1/2 a tsp for a medium load.  You can learn more about  it here.   I ordered mine from Amazon having decided I was going to make that leap. NaturOli EXTREME 18X Soap Nuts / Soap Berry Liquid Organic Laundry Soap, Natural HE Detergent & Green All-purpose Cleaner. SUPER-concentrated, Sulfate-free, Allergy-free, Unscented. (3 Pack)  (Affiliate link)


Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean

 If you have a front loading washing machine that has grown mold and smells, get out

Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean

Baking Soda Paste

your white vinegar and baking soda.  For the gasket around the front edge spray with your vinegar and then sprinkle with baking soda.  Add more vinegar so it is like a paste.  Let it sit for about a half an hour, then go scrub at it with a tooth brush.  Do the same if you have let the detergent compartment get mildewed.   When you have gotten that as clean as you can, I would sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda in the drum, then put 1 cup white vinegar in the detergent compartment and set it to wash a HOT load.  This should get you back to a good starting point.

Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean

1. Use less detergent  (play with it, remember you do not need to see soap bubbles).

2. Use vinegar in your softener compartment  (it helps remove excess detergent from clothes and does not build up in your machine) (And works fantastically as a fabric softener)

3. Remember to leave the door on the machine open a crack so it can dry out.  ( I do not have children, if you think one might climb in there then this might not be for you.  You will just need to do the plain vinegar wash more often)

 This is what I have found works for me, I hope it helps you if your are having trouble with how to keep your front loader washing machine clean.

Disclaimer: All things I post about are from my personal experience and are being shared as such.