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