Hope it worked for you! Give it time with the bleach and keep scrubbing with a toothbrush in between.
Why clean it? The detergent drawer sees all sorts of cleaning solutions and softeners poured into it – deposits of old detergents mixing together and clinging to the drawer can give you some pretty unreliable laundry results, as well as potentially blocking your machine entirely. So it’s as important to know how to clean out washing machine products as much as it is to know how to clean the washing machine itself.
I’m curious about the advice to leave the door slightly open. That would mean the interior light would be on …. and the cat would probably climb in!!
A service wash means spinning the machine without any clothes in at a high temperature. Ideally done once a month, most manufacturers now recommend you use a certain cycle to do this or provide a special drum-cleaning program. Your instruction manual should have this information. If not, call the manufacturer's customer service line and ask which program to use.
Leaving the washing machine door open slightly after washes allows air to circulate around the drum, which helps stop germs breeding and reduces the associated damp scents. Make sure your outside drain is also kept clear of debris and regularly cleaned as odours can feed back up into the machine.
Okay, I totally have this problem! I’m going to try your techniques listed here. Thanks for the tips. I want my after picture to look like yours (my before looks like yours).
The only down side to running a hot wash is that it will cost more. That's why when we test washing machines we measure how much energy and water it uses, so we can tell you how much it'll cost to run. We've found A+++ rated machines that cost more to run than A+ models, so take a look at our washing machine reviews to help you find a great model that doesn't cost the earth.
*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some grocery stores or may be purchased online. Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!
It will probably be different on different machines but it is most often a little compartment on the front/bottom of your machine. Have a shallow pan ready (like a baking dish or cookie sheet) when you are cleaning it to catch any water overflow. Empty the drain and then clear any debris from the filter.
I can try next time I clean mine. I imagine they will be different for different models though.
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You could really put it in either place but I generally just put it in the detergent dispenser since I find that the easiest. 😉
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When you're faced with the mind-blowing array of detergents lined up on the supermarket shelves, it's easy to think only about the effect they have on your clothes. Interestingly extra suds and liquid softeners have been linked to leaving a residue in the machine that may contribute to bad smells and mould.
Another thing that really helps is to use powder detergent instead of liquid. I was told by our sales person at Lowe’s that liquid detergent tends to leave more residue than powder. I truly notice a huge difference!
The problem with peroxide is that it will stain colored clothing like a mild bleach…it’s great in whites…
What is it? Most washing machines will have a filter to catch any fluff, coins, hair grips or whatever else is lurking in the forgotten depths of your pockets. It can normally be found on the front of the washing machine behind a small hatch.
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Yes, I never even thought about that. Try using an old cloth to wipe down the gaskets before you use it. Maybe management could put up a little sign to have people leave the door slightly ajar? That makes a big difference!
Mould and bacteria also have a tendency to build up in the detergent drawer and lint filter. Watch our videos on cleaning the detergent drawer and strange noises in your washing machine for instructions on how to clean these areas.
Use soda crystals or even dishwasher tablets and run on a hot wash (preferably 60 degrees). This should kill germs, remove odours and stop soap scum and limescale building up in hard-to-see places.
For heavier soiled items try using, peroxide as a disinfectant and a boost to detergent. Doesn’t gum up like laundry detergent and much cheaper and gets them whiter.
Thanks so much for this! I’ve been living in Switzerland where front-loaders are the norm since 1995, and I never had any mold issue until kids (TMI alert: I’m guessing the poo that got stuck in the rubber gasket at one time didn’t help — far worse than getting a small sock stuck, which I know has also happened). I will be cleaning the washer today as part of my spring cleaning. :o)
So glad that it worked for you! We haven’t had any problems with ours since then.
Why clean it? Smell something funny? It’s important that you understand how to clean the washing machine drum as its warmth and humidity can often encourage the development of limescale, and it can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Thanks for posting this with detailed information..it worked for me 😊! Now that it’s super clean, I will definitely be following your tips on how to keep it this way. Thanks again!
My Samsung asks me if I want to clean the drum every 50 loads. I just put in 2 cups of vinegar in and tell it yes. I also leave the soap tray and door open when not in use and I have never had mold or bad smell anywhere in the machine.
I was so thrilled when I bought my machine…after 1.5 years I am dumping this machine for an old fashion washing machine. I cannot believe that a washing machine stinks so badly, it’s up there with stoves with glass tops that you cannot can on. All flash which creates more work not less…sorry I have better things to do then clean out a washing machine.
I hope that helps! Good luck with your surgery.
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I put it in the detergent drawer so it goes down and cleans it out as well.
The detergent drawer can be a haven for germs, encrusted washing powder and mould and it's a little space that can get dirty faster than you would imagine, considering this is where you put the formula designed to clean your clothes and linens!
That makes sense. Looks like you’ve created a lot of work for yourself. Will come back when all the links are working! Kathleen Mc xx
How to do it: By running an empty wash every couple of months you can easily remove odours and kill germs. Simply set the empty cycle on the hottest setting and press ‘Start’. To shift limescale and soap scum, pour 500ml of white vinegar into the empty drum and run a second wash at high heat.
I use a vinegar as a softener (with essential oils) from some time, and I must say – my washing mashine is clean, without scale and others stuff. Just a half glass of vinegar for each load. It’s also good if you or someone in your family is allergic.
My washer is a couple years old and does not have a clean out filter. I keep my door open and have never had a smell or dirty gasket. I have switched 8 months ago to Norwex and vinegar for softener. I have had a front loader before this one for 15 years and never a smell or dirty gasket. While talking about laudry any suggestions on how to get out grease spots or tomato stains. Dawn dish soap and rewarding works but what takes it out on the first wash.
I love my front loader now too – just needed to learn how to use it properly! Good tip for the dishwasher powder as I know one of the complaints with front loaders is that the whites tend to get a bit dingy over time. How much dishwasher powder do you use for a load?
To clean a top loader, run a normal wash cycle (on hot) and place 1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda and 2 cups white vinegar in once the machine has filled with water. Let is run as usual. The bicarb and vinegar break down any grease or dirt particles and keep the hoses nice and clean.
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Sorry you don’t like yours. Now that I have figured mine out, I am quite happy with it and will likely be sticking with a front loader.
Thank you so much for this! I inherited my front loader from a family member who wanted to go back to a top loader, so it had been sitting unused for a while and had a horrible mold buildup. I finally found your post here and my washing machine is so clean and pretty now. I had tried about anything I could think of except bleach…don’t know why I didn’t earlier. THANK YOU!!!!