We live in an apartment with an in-unit washer/dryer – a MASSIVE luxury that I do not take for granted. Because of this, it’s pretty easy to keep up with our laundry so I was surprised (and a little grossed out) when I opened one of T’s drawers not too long ago and it smelled like a thrift store. You know that mildew-y, old clothing smell? Yes – that was coming from his drawer of CLEAN clothes!
I re-washed everything from that drawer, re-folded it and put it back into the drawer until the next week when there it was AGAIN – thrift store smell.
After some research, I discovered what the problem was… our washing machine!!!
Luckily it is easy to clean a front load washing machine with just one ingredient: vinegar. Keep reading for the video and how-to.
Clean a Front Load Washing Machine
Fill the bleach compartment with 2 cups of vinegar then run through the hottest and longest setting possible. If the inside of the washer is especially dirty I read that first running a hot cycle with baking soda (poured inside of the actual washer, not in the detergent compartment) then running a second cycle with vinegar can help.
Clean the exterior (especially the knobs!) using vinegar and a cloth.
After the vinegar cycle completes, spray the rubber gasket with vinegar and use a cloth to wipe completely dry.
Always leave the washer door open after each cycle to dry completely OR wipe it down with a dry cloth. If it’s left damp then it will become a breeding ground for mold and mildew which is what can cause that thrift store smell on “clean” clothes.
There you have it – how to clean a front load washing machine! Easy, right?
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