How to clean and maintain your front loading washing machine
Washing machines are pretty darn handy, and when you think about it they’re the unsung hero in the house. But they sometimes have a tendency to harbor mold and unpleasant smells. By giving your front loading washing machine a quick clean once a month, you'll keep it fresh, which means cleaner clothes, too. Cleaning ‘the one that cleans’ is an important step in maintenance to ensuring your clothes feel clean after a wash and for hygiene in general.
Eco-friendly method to clean your front loading washing machine
If you have a front loader, add 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda into the detergent drawer and 1/2 cup white vinegar into the drum then run a normal wash (on hot). Just keep an eye on the machine while it’s washing as you may find it suds up a lot inside due to the build-up of soap residue. The more often you clean your machine, the less often this will occur over time. Also take time to clean out the filter (follow the manufacturer’s instructions). Clogged filters is the leading cause of problems in front loading machines.
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Regular maintenance is also essential
Front load washing machines generally require a bit more maintenance than top loaders, but both kinds require some attention every now and again.
Generally speaking, regularly wiping down anything that touches detergent is a good first step.
Leave the door open after use
Wipe down the rubber seals
Don’t use too much detergent
Wipe down the detergent dispenser or agitator
How Often Does it Need to Be Done?
Ideally it should be cleaned about once every two or three months, but you can do it really as often as you like. If you are washing greasy clothing or heavily soiled children’s clothing, do it more often.