I cannot even begin to tell you how many times a customer walks through the doors of our store looking for a new washer and the first thing they say is;
“I do NOT want a front load, everyone tells me that they stink and they get moldy!”
Okay, this is true. Front load washers CAN get gunk build up in the gaskets if there is residual detergent & water left in them, and if the door is always closed.
It is sad that people think there is no cure to this issue, because front load washers do an absolutely amazing job at washing clothes! (I especially love the fact that they will get the clothes clean even when I have so much stuffed in there that I can barely shut the door!)
So please, before you get scared off by all of the horror stories…let me share with you a few tips to keep that front load mold & grime free!
The number one most important tip is to KEEP THE DOOR OPEN. Once the wash is done, just leave the washer door open – even if just a crack, which will allow for more air flow through the machine, preventing that excess water & detergent from just sitting there, causing a build up in your gasket.
If you’d like to go a step further with this tip, which you should, wipe out the gasket with a rag after taking the clothes out of the washer, just to be sure that you have gotten any extra water, hair, pennies, etc… that have been left in there. Just take a look at the picture below! ANYTHING that comes out of your pockets in the wash can end up in the gaskets. I guess that’s another lesson, make sure and empty your pockets before the wash!
Okay, so you have already purchased a front load washer. And your gasket is starting to look like this. You’re angry, there may be a few tears, you might be thinking you’ve ruined the machine, it will never come clean again, etc… WELL GUESS WHAT? There are people out there who have had the exact same issue as you, that have come up with some solutions to the issue!
So if you are going to start anywhere on the quest for a clean washer…start at the blog DIY Natural! This blog is run by husband & wife, Matt & Betsy, who have come up with a great, natural way to clean your front load washer!
Here are the supplies that you will need: (all of which you probably already have)
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Peroxide (optional)
- Cleaning rag
- Toothbrush (optional)
First start out by spraying the inside folds of the gasket with the white vinegar. After it is coated well with vinegar, pour some baking soda onto the rag that you are going to use to wipe the gasket out. Take the rag with baking soda and really wipe out the inside of the gasket. Using a bit of force, the baking soda will work as an abrasive to get those tough stains out.
Next, if there was mold in the gasket before you started cleaning it out, it is best to apply some peroxide to the inside folds. Peroxide kills mold!
When you have finished these steps, look for a cleaning setting on your washer (most washers will have this.) Just before you start the cycle, sprinkle about 1/3 cup of baking soda into the drum of the washer, and 2 cups of white vinegar into the detergent dispenser. Now you can start the washer! This cycle will take approximately 1.5-2 hours, but should leave your washer shiny & odor free!
Visit www.diynatural.com/how-to-clean-front-load-washer to see the article in full & also to check out the rest of the great articles that they have written…there are a lot of excellent tips!