Cleaning a front-load washer ensures it functions efficiently and doesn’t develop mould or unpleasant odours. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you clean your front-load washer:
Materials you’ll need:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- A microfiber cloth or sponge
- A toothbrush or small brush
- Mild dish soap (optional)
- Washer cleaning tablets (optional)
Steps to clean your front-load washer:
- Empty the Washer:
- Ensure there are no clothes left in the washer.
- Leave the door open after each wash cycle to allow moisture to escape and prevent mould growth.
- Clean the Door Seal:
- The rubber door seal is common for mould and mildew to develop.
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution on the door seal and wipe it clean with a cloth or sponge.
- If you see any mould or mildew, scrub it gently with a toothbrush or small brush.
- Dry the seal thoroughly after cleaning.
- Clean the Detergent Dispenser:
- Remove the detergent dispenser drawer (if applicable).
- Wash it with warm, soapy water and a soft brush or cloth.
- Rinse it thoroughly and let it dry completely before reinserting it.
- Run a Cleaning Cycle:
- Some front-load washers have a “clean cycle” option. Refer to your washer’s manual to see if this feature is available.
- If not, set the washer to the hottest water temperature and the most extended cycle, and add two cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser.
- Alternatively, you can use commercial washer cleaning tablets following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Clean the Drum:
- After the cleaning cycle or while it’s empty, wipe down the interior of the drum with a damp cloth.
- If you notice any residue or odours, run another short cycle with hot water and a cup of baking soda in the drum to help remove them.
- Clean the Filter:
- Consult your washer’s manual to locate and clean the lint filter if your washer has one.
- Remove any lint or debris and clean it with warm, soapy water.
- Reinsert the filter once it’s clean and dry.
- Exterior Cleaning:
- Wipe down the exterior of the washer with a damp cloth and mild dish soap if necessary.
- Pay attention to control panels and buttons, which can collect dirt and grime.
- Regular Maintenance:
- To prevent future mould or odour issues, leave the washer door open when not in use to allow it to air out.
- Also, periodically clean the door seal and detergent dispenser and run a cleaning cycle with vinegar or a commercial cleaner.
By following these steps and maintaining regular cleaning practices, you can keep your front-load washer in good condition and prevent mold and odors from developing. Always refer to your washer’s user manual for specific cleaning instructions and recommendations.