Tips: Cleaning your washing machine (front loader)

Time to fix: 30 - 45 minutes

Your washing machine may develop a thin layer that traps germs from the soap residue, minerals, and chemicals from the detergent that has become trapped inside. Your water won't become as hot, or the detergent won't be as effective if these germs clog the internal flow. Furthermore, a washing machine is by design to be a hot and humid climate inside. Bacteria may be able to flourish and multiply in this environment.

Why do you need to fix it?

  1. A clean and fresh washing machine protects your clothes and family.
  2. Extend the lifespan of the washing machine.
  3. Avoid the unnecessary spread of germs.

So how to do it? A process for a front loader.

  1. Wipe the washer's front-loader rubber cushioning area (gasket). Usually, hair and goop are present in this area. Use vinegar and water to mist the area. Rub the area repeatedly by sprinkling baking soda on a cloth or sponge.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the machine's basin.
  3. Then, you should add 3 cups of white vinegar to the basin.
  4. Set your machine to the hottest setting (or the longest time) for the heaviest load.
  5. After the first cycle has finished, run a second cycle with only plain water to clean the machine and eliminate any remaining bacteria.
  6. Use a clean cloth to clean the inside of the drum.

Your washing machine should have a smooth inside and a fresh smell.