Recently there has been this problem in our house….I’ve been trying to solve it….. that works for a short time, it will go away….AND THEN IT’S BACK! It’s really starting to bug me and just the other day I realized that it’s also bugging the hubby. It’s a smell, an annoying smell in an area that is washed regularly…my front loading washing machine!
About 5 years ago, I was so excited to be purchasing a new front loading washer. In hindsight, I wish I would have not purchased a front loader. Prior to the purchase I received a tip to make sure to leave the door open in between loads so it didn’t smell, there is a seal around the door and usually this is the source of the problem but seriously that was not the simple solution! Maybe it’s just the brand that I purchased, but…I’m not the only one with this issue!
The smell was bad this time, I had recently cleaned the washer and reprimanded my family about leaving the door open and still it was there. The hubby finally asked….can’t you like “ask Pinterest”? I started laughing instantly…”ask Pinterest!?” I’m always looking for little antics in life to make me laugh and this was one of them!
As funny as this sounded, I had already searched Pinterest and had already cleaned the washer and it still stunk! So over the next couple of days I “asked Pinterest”, repeatedly! You can find just about anything there, which totally makes the whole “can’t you just ask Pinterest” question a little less humorous and somehow… a bit wise. I found various ideas and tried a few. This article basically covers the many different articles I found about how to clean the washer, and the different steps that I took to clean the washer. So far, so good, the smell is gone for now.
For those of you who are considering purchasing a new front loading washing machine think long and hard they have to be cleaned thoroughly and often….like about once a week.
Here are the basics.
- Wipe out the inner seal at least once a week, you may even have to do it after every load. Gross stuff accumulates in there! Make sure that you wipe all the way around the seal, pull it back, use a wet rag (you can use bleach or vinegar if it’s real bad) and wipe it clean.
- Run a sanitizing load of white vinegar once a week. There should be a sanitizing/cleaning cycle on your machine. Pour two cups of vinegar in the machine and run
- Add vinegar to your bleach and detergent cups and run an empty load
- Clean the filter on your machine once a month. Most front loaders have a filter hidden in a little door near the of the machine. All the grossness that gets past your inner seal will accumulate here and if you don’t clean it often it will smell.
- And lastly, periodically, run a cycle of bleach to clean out the machine. A couple of cups in your drum with extremely hot water. I think it’s kind of obvious but make sure you don’t have any clothes in there at the time.
If this seems excessive to you, you’re right, it is! But…for today…the washer is smelling clean!
To be fair, there is one good point to purchasing a front loader….it does save water. I noticed a difference in the first month. BUT with that said, I’d like to be the first one to warn you, think long and hard before choosing a front loading machine. As if laundry, the never ending chore, isn’t enough work….having to clean the washing machine so often makes it worse!