How To Remove Mildew Smells From A Front-Loading Washing Machine

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Real Estate Agent with CONLON/Christie's International Real Estate

Front-loading washers may grow mold and mildew without special careThe front-loading washing machine is a popular home appliance choice.  As compared to its top-loading counterpart, a front-loader can handle larger clothing loads, is gentler on garments, and uses about 1/3 less water.

However, because its design prevents water from fully draining, a front-loading washer can be a haven for mold and bacteria if not cared for properly.  It's the story the salesman doesn't often talk about and is the reason why products like Affresh exist.

If you own a front-loading, here's some steps to keep in-washer mildew at bay and your clothes smelling fresh.

  1. Leave the door slightly open after every cycle. This allows water to evaporate.
  2. Use low-sudsing, high-efficiency detergent. If your local store doesn't carry it, try Amazon.
  3. Every week, pull back the rubber seal and wipe the inner ring with a cloth.
  4. Clean the drain pump filter monthly, at least.
  5. Run a bleach-and-hot-water cycle monthly, at least.

Front-loaders are good products, but require special care. Follow the steps above and your washer should remain mildew- and mold-free.

 

 

Posted by Michael LaFido on December 28, 2009 | Tags: Front-Loading Washing Machine

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Al Wright
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Thanks for the tips :-)

Dec 28, 2009 04:05 AM #1
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Pat Champion
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I don't own a front-loading washing machine but was looking into purchasing one. Thanks for the tips on keeping mildew away.

Dec 28, 2009 04:06 AM #3
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I don't own a front-loading washing machine but was looking into purchasing one. Thanks for the tips on keeping mildew away.

Dec 28, 2009 04:07 AM #4
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Katerina Gasset
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Michael- This is JUST what I was looking for! I absolutely LOVE my LG front loading state of the art washing and drying machines that we stacked with extra large capacity for our large family, great for bedspreads, etc. We stacked them and that is the best space saving thing we did besides getting rid of our water heaters and getting the small tiny electric waterless water heaters. 

But my washer smells like mold once in a while. I was going to flush it out with vinegar. I will leave my door open and try that. I did not even think about pulling back the rubber, I will have our house cleaner clean that with vinegar and see if that helps. I won't ever use bleach in my home or around my homes, the fumes are cancer producing. 

I will bookmark to watch the video later- does it have the directions on how to clean the pump filter? 

I better do that! I owned these machines for over 3 years now, and never cleaned the pump filter! :( Katerina 

Dec 28, 2009 04:10 AM #5
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Michael- This is JUST what I was looking for! I absolutely LOVE my LG front loading state of the art washing and drying machines that we stacked with extra large capacity for our large family, great for bedspreads, etc. We stacked them and that is the best space saving thing we did besides getting rid of our water heaters and getting the small tiny electric waterless water heaters. 

But my washer smells like mold once in a while. I was going to flush it out with vinegar. I will leave my door open and try that. I did not even think about pulling back the rubber, I will have our house cleaner clean that with vinegar and see if that helps. I won't ever use bleach in my home or around my homes, the fumes are cancer producing. 

I will bookmark to watch the video later- does it have the directions on how to clean the pump filter? 

I better do that! I owned these machines for over 3 years now, and never cleaned the pump filter! :( Katerina 

Dec 28, 2009 04:10 AM #6
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Gary Swanson
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Thanks for your post Michael.  I know several people that have front loading machines and are having a problem with mildew.  I'm going to email your post to them.

Dec 28, 2009 04:13 AM #7
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Kate Talarico
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Great info Michael, I bought a nice front loader washing machine and did notice a mildew smell when the unit was a few months old.  Now, we actually leave the door open when we are not washing clothes and this really made the difference. Of course, wiping down the rubber every week with a cleaner helps too.  It's the little things in life that make us all happy ;-)  Thanks for posting this.  Kate

Dec 28, 2009 05:19 AM #8
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Michael LaFido
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Glad I could help.  At my blog www.12hourworkweek.com there are some other tips from the past 2 months you might find useful.

~Mike

Dec 28, 2009 07:13 AM #9
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Pat Fenn
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Learned quite quickly to leave the soap dispenser and door open until the next use.  Otherwise they seem to stay damp which is annoying.

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