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

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

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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MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Hi Again a timely post, this happened in a home I sold irecently, the mildew smell ended up being the rubber lining of the front door, not having a washer like this model I had no clue.  Thanks so much for bringing it to  others attention. 


Happy New Year.  MaryBeth Muldowney

Dec 28, 2009 04:42 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Michael.....very useful information.....I was not aware of some of your points.

Dec 28, 2009 04:54 AM #2
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