When it’s time to purchase a new washing machine, a front-loading model is an attractive choice to many homeowners. Front-loading washing machines are more energy-efficient than top loaders, and use less water. However, front-loading washers require more maintenance than the older models do. They are susceptible to mold and mildew without regular care. Following the tips below will help you maintain your washer and avoid costly repairs in the future.
Remove finished loads of laundry right away. Leaving damp clothes in the washer provides an environment for mildew to grow. Take your load out of the washing machine as soon as it’s done.
When using bleach or a liquid fabric softener, less is more. Since high-efficiency washers use less water, less bleach or softener is needed.One teaspoon of liquid fabric softener will soften an entire load. Use only two tablespoons of regular chlorine bleach, or one tablespoon of concentrated bleach.
Always use detergents made for high-efficiency washing machines. Regular laundry detergents produce a higher volume of suds than HE-compatible detergents do. The increased suds can act like sludge and interfere with water draining from the machine. This can lead to a build-up of mold and mildew and may also damage the washer. Always use a detergent indicated for HE washers.
Once a month, clean the washer with vinegar and baking soda. Pour one cup of distilled white vinegar and one cup of baking soda directly into the drum. Run the washing machine on its hottest cycle. For more severe cases of mildew, you can use bleach instead of baking soda and vinegar. When using bleach, make sure to run several empty cycles with only hot water before washing a load of clothes.
Some washers have a self-cleaning cycle. Check your washer’s manual for instructions on self-cleaning.
Clean the washer’s drain pump filter regularly. Debris such as lint can clog the drain pump filter, causing the water not to drain. Refer to your manual to find the drain pump filter’s location.
Leave the door open when the washer is not in use. Keeping the door ajar will promote air circulation and allow any moisture to evaporate. Take extra care with this if you have pets or very young children. Be sure they don’t try to climb into the machine. Cats in particular love to explore nooks and crannies.
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