How To Clean Your Front Loading Washing Machine…and Get Rid of the Musty Smell

Hey there…do you have a front-loading, high-efficiency washing machine? Me too!

Lately my Honey Bee and I haven’t been too thrilled with our washed laundry. After our clothes, towels and bed linens have been washed, they haven’t smelled very fresh. Now, if Honey Bee notices that they don’t “smell clean” you know that this was a red-alert problem in our household :) Our laundry had a very musty odor to it. I even tried switching detergents and there was no improvement. So, when all else failed – I resulted to reading our owners manual.

Were you aware that your washing machine needed to be washed??!!! I thought this was the craziest thing that I had ever heard of. I mean, its’ job is to clean. Why would I want to clean it even more?

Apparently water gets trapped in the drum at the end of each wash cycle. So much water is spun out of your just laundered load and it gets trapped in the drum. If you are like me – after washing laundry, I slam the washing machine door shut and never give the machine another thought. Now, this is what I should have been doing…

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.This is how much moisture was trapped in my machine. I had done laundry 48 hours prior to this photo…

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.…laundry helper :)

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.No, I’m not highlighting my manicure :) I’m pulling back the rubber seal to the drum…

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.To show you this mold and gunk that is breeding under the seal. Yuck! I had no idea…

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.I also figured it was a good time to give the machine an overall good cleaning and wipe down.

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.I removed the detergent tray and cleaned it very well…

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.Eww…to reveal more grime underneath that needed to be cleaned.

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.On a side note, I have just switched from a laundry detergent that I have used for decades to Mrs.Meyers. I am super happy that I did!  More on that later.

I poured two cups of bleach into the dispenser.

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.I know newer machines have a “clean” cycle. My machine is a bit older and doesn’t have this option, so I used the “sanitize” cycle – as this is the hottest water.

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.I repeated the above method using two cups of vinegar.Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.Let your washing machine air dry with the door open…

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.After doing a load of laundry, I now leave the door ajar until all of the moisture has dried. This eliminates the chance for mold to grow and no more pesky odors.

Who knew that a washing machine needed to be cleaned? Here is a How to clean your front loading washing machine tip.I hope you found this information helpful…what are your best cleaning tips? If you need me…I’ll be in the laundry room :)

Comments

  1. says

    Thank you so much for this post! I seriously need it. I too had no idea you had to clean your washing machine but I will definitely be giving it a try thanks to these helpful tips. You guys are awesome!

  2. says

    Vicki, WOW those are some great tips and I need to do that to my top loading washing machine. So many of us think because it’s washing clothes it’s always clean. Great tips girl!! Have a wonderful day, Lisa

    • says

      Hey Sada!! Be careful what you wish for LOL. At one point I was questioning whether I should be wearing a mask :) It did feel great to get it cleaned up and have fresh smelling clothes again :) Let us know how it goes!

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  4. Jenny H. says

    Thanks for this. I really needed to do this but didn’t realize it was this simple. One question, what compartment did you put the vinegar? The bleach or detergent section?? Thanks again!!

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