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How to Clean a Front Load Washing Machine

Whether a top load or a front load washing machine, keeping your washer clean is a huge priority. The washing machine has quickly become one of the most essential devices of the modern home, so keeping it in the best shape it can be is crucial to keeping you and your family safe from the potential bacteria growing inside.

While using a non-toxic drum cleaning solution is a great way to do this, regardless of the machine, there are a few extra steps to take depending on the type of machine you’re using.

In this blog, we will go over the best steps to take when cleaning the iconic front load washing machine and the challenges it poses compared to a top load.

Step #1: The Door

While top-loaders have the benefits of gravity to keep everything nice and orderly in the machine, a front doesn’t have that luxury and so needs to be water-tight. As a result, front load machines always have a rubber seal around their access door to keep water from leaking out of the device when in use.

However, the rubber seal also causes a problem by potentially trapping nasty bacteria, soapscum, and residue in the lip.

To tackle the build-up, ensure you’re wiping the machine’s lip with an equal part solution of water and white vinegar every few weeks. Leaving the door open between washes is also a great way to allow airflow in the machine and reduce moisture build-ups.

Step #2: Removing Clothes

For anyone that has forgotten their laundry in the machine after a wash, this seems pretty obvious. However, it’s worth repeating whenever possible - always remove your clothes from the washing machine as soon as possible.

Removing your clothes helps reduce the moisture in the machine and makes sure your clothes aren’t being exposed to anything growing in your machine for too long.

Step #3: The Right Detergent

Using detergent is excellent and is the stuff that keeps your clothes clean. However, cleaning detergent is not something where the phrase “the more, the merrier” applies. In fact, using too much detergent can be an easy way to clog your machine and create excess soap scum, and the additional suds during the cleaning process will make it harder for your machine to rinse itself properly.

So, taking the time to accurately assess how much detergent you need for your machine and clothes can go a long way to making sure your washer stays soap scum-free.

Managing your rinse cycle this way is also a great way to make sure your machine is operating the way it should. The key motivator for many front-load advocates is that from-load appliances consume less water than their top-load counterparts. However, the money saved from drinking less water won’t mean much if your rinse cycle is inefficient and detrimental to a clean and safe laundry experience.

That’s it for today’s blog, be sure to check out our other blogs from Wash Warrior on the latest tips and tricks for keeping your washing machine clean and operational. Also, if you have any questions about our products, then feel free to contact us!

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Happy Washing!

The Wash Warrior Team

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