Because of its economical use of water and energy, ergonomics, and softer cleaning action on garments, many consumers choose front-loading washers. Many families have replaced their old high-load washers with newer, higher-efficiency machines.
However, these sleek-looking domestic workhorses aren't without flaws. According to a recent lawsuit, several late-2000s front-loading machines were acknowledged by producers to be "defective" because their design allowed for fast mould and mildew development, yet they were nonetheless marketed to customers.
Repairs and components may be costly, therefore some individuals find it more cost efficient to acquire a new washing machine.
Simple maintenance may be conducted on a front-loading machine regardless of its age to ensure that it functions properly.
If your machine has a self-cleaning option, that's fantastic, but there are still things you can do to prevent future issues. It doesn't have to be costly or time-consuming. Small modifications in washing routines may make a big difference.
Quick tips for washing machine maintenance
Use detergent made for high-efficiency (HE) washing machines.
Use the required minimum quantity of detergent and the suitable detergent (more is not necessarily better). Regular detergents generate a lot more suds, which may build up a film on the drum and hoses over time, creating a breeding environment for mildew and potentially damaging a front-loading machine physically or electrically.
Avoid liquid fabric softener
Liquid fabric softeners should be used less often or sooner (a teaspoon will soften an entire load). The same goes with bleach (one tablespoon for concentrated bleach, two tablespoons for regular).
Keep in mind that while high-efficiency machines use less water, they need less product.
Remove finished loads immediately
Allowing damp garments to linger in the machine is not a good idea (this provides an ideal breeding environment for musty odours and mildew). It is necessary to take precautions to prevent dogs or children from entering.
Leave the door of the washing machine open
Leave the washing door ajar while not in use to increase air circulation and avoid mould and mildew accumulation within the machine.
Clean rubber stamp
Regularly clean the washing machine's rubber door seal with a medium solution of water and vinegar. For difficult-to-clean spots, use Q-Tips. Remove any hair or cloth you can discover; they retain smells, sludge, and serve as a perfect breeding ground for mould. This solution may also be used to clean the interior of the drum.
Use distilled vinegar and baking soda to clean monthly
Pour a little distilled white vinegar into the dispenser instead of laundry detergent, and put a cup of baking soda straight into the drum (this will neutralise the pH while also cleaning) for a monthly cleaning session.
Use the hottest cycle and an additional rinse in the machine. Replace the vinegar with bleach and run a couple of rapid cycles with hot water if you have severe musty smells. If your machine has a self-clean cycle, operate it according to the directions in your owner's handbook.