Do you notice a moldy smell when you open the door of your front loading washing machine? Do your clothes smell like mildew? If so, chances are that like most people, you leave your front loading washer door closed between loads.
Front loading washing machines are becoming increasingly popular each year as a growing number of consumers want higher efficiency machines that use less water, but your front loading washing machine isn't with out it's drawbacks.
In addition, some manufacturers went as a far as to purposefully disguise the necessary cleaning required to properly maintain a front loading washing machine. General Electric was sued by a customer who claimed that their front loading washing machines had a design flaw that caused clothes to have a moldy odor.
According to Bloomberg Business, "The complaint, in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, claimed the washers accumulated mold and mildew caused by a failure of the machines to clean and rid themselves of byproducts of washing. It claims GE hid from consumers the need to run extra cycles of hot water or bleach to combat mold."
Not to worry, follow these 3 easy tips to keep your clothes smelling fresh and your front loading washing machine mold-free.
How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine:
- Use less detergent. According to Matt Hillebrand, an appliance store owner and expert says, "The customer is the main reason for the mold. Most use entirely too much detergent. Manufacturers recommend 1 to 2 tablespoons of detergent, and customers are using the maximum levels on the bottle tops or the box."
- Leave the washing machine door slightly ajar after each load of laundry. This will allow air to circulate, allowing the washing machine to dry properly. This will prevent mold from growing in your washing machine.
- Consider using vinegar in place of fabric softener. White distilled vinegar softens clothes and neutralizes odors. Vinegar will also help prevent buildup of detergents and softeners which can lead to mold growth.
If you have a front loading washing machine, it is important that you know how to clean your front loading washing machine. Implementing a regular cleaning routine will prevent mold from growing in your washing machine and keep your clothes coming out odor-free!