Tips on how to deep clean front loader washing machines. Keeping your washer maintained and cleaned means it runs more effectively and cleans your clothes thoroughly.
Steps to Deep clean your front loader washing machine
Please check your manual for instructions for your particular machine, otherwise, here are my tips:
- While empty, pour 1-2 cups vinegar (depending on washer size) into the front loader, run on the hottest cycle.
- Empty and clean the lint trap or drain pump filter on your front loader (every machine varies, please see your washing machine’s instructions).
- Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and lemon eucalyptus essential oil – Read more on how to make my Homemade Washing Machine Cleaner Spray here.
- Once cycle has finished, put on your gloves and have an old toothbrush handy. Spray really well around the seal area. For stubborn mould let sit for a few minutes before proceeding to next step.
- Using the toothbrush, get the bristles into areas that are hard to reach to loosen the mould.
- Using a rag or paper towel remove all mould particles.
- Wipe area clean using a cloth and warm water.
- Once a month run an empty cycle on hot with a cup of vinegar to prevent the mould from reappearing.
- Keep the door open slightly after removing your wet items to allow the moisture to evaporate.
- Seals exposed to constant moisture are more likely to have mould buildup, as a result do not leave wet items in your washer overnight.
- On a daily basis wipe over the seal and door of the machine with the Homemade Washing Machine Cleaner Spray.
- If the problem keeps recurring, consider changing your detergent.
Tips from our community:
- We had a terrible time with our washing machine staying damp until I came up with a simple solution to stop the pets and breeze closing the door. You know those finger-saver things they sell for internal doors, to stop toddlers slamming their fingers in them? I put one of those on the washing machine door near the hinge to make sure the washing machine door doesn’t get closed accidentally. Easy! – Thank you Callatya for sharing this great tip in our comments below.
- Apparently doing a hot wash with nothing in is the best way to prevent mould, plus wiping the seals with some diluted clove oil, and leaving the door open. Using bleach is not recommended by washing machine manufacturers (and it only removes the colours of the mould, not kills it) – Thank you to Pen for sharing this great tip in our comments below.
Do you have mould or moisture issues in other areas of your home? Read my tips on how to reduce and clean mould and moisture concerns throughout your house – here.
What is your top tip for cleaning a front loader washing machine?
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