Maintaining Your Front-Loading Washing Machine to Avoid Mould and Improve Efficiency

As a consumer, you are likely well aware of the growing popularity of front-loading washing machines. These machines are known for their size and efficiency, two factors that heavily influence purchasing decisions. However, it’s important to note that while front-loading washing machines are more efficient than their top-loading counterparts, they also come with a higher price tag and require more maintenance.

Not only do they use less water overall, but they also tend to trap water, leading to potential mould growth in the internal drum. To ensure your front-loading washing machine lasts as long as possible, regular maintenance is crucial. Neglecting to do so could result in a mouldy machine. To keep your front-loading washing machine in top condition, make sure to prioritize regular maintenance.

front-loading washing machine

Front-loading washing machines require special care and maintenance to get the best performance.

You should be aware of the hazards of mould. Not only can it trigger allergic reactions and respiratory issues for the sensitive ones, but mould spores can also cause asthma attacks or symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest tightness for those with chronic respiratory conditions. To avoid these dangers, it is wise to limit your exposure to mould spores, especially within the comforts of your home.

Clean the Washer Drum

As a front-loading washing machine owner, you may have experienced the unpleasantness of a musty or mildewy smell. This is a common issue found during home inspections. To keep mould under control, it’s essential to look for any signs of it inside your machine. Commercial cleaning products are available if you detect a musty odour, but you can save money and use household cleaners instead. With some elbow grease and a few non-toxic cleaners, you can easily clean your door’s gasket and freshen up your clothes:

  • Add 1 cup of white vinegar directly to the drum for a hot cleaning cycle without any clothes. The vinegar’s antibacterial properties will help prevent mould from forming inside the drum.
  • For extra tough mould and mildew, do a second cycle using 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide in the hot water cycle once a month.
  • Clean the detergent dispenser with white vinegar once a month. Most dispensers are removable, making it easy to rinse them well and use a toothbrush to get into tight corners.
  • Also, consider using a dehumidifier in your laundry room to keep the area dryer and prevent mould from growing on your clothes.

Clean the Seal

Another common issue you may encounter with your front-loading washing machine is a leaky door gasket. Hair and grime can build up on the bottom of the door’s window, disrupting the seal and causing a small leak at the door seal. Keep the gasket in tip-top shape by wiping away any accumulated gunk using a paper towel and a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar. Take your time and spin the gasket slowly to remove all dirt and slime. Use a cotton swab to reach tight spaces that your paper-towel-clad finger can’t. Finish by wiping down the inside glass of the door and the door’s rim. Make it a weekly habit.

front loading washing machine door gasket

Ensure you keep the front-loading washing machine door gasket clean to prevent leaks.

Keep your front-loading washing machine in top shape with regular cleaning and maintenance. A musty smell or mildew buildup can be a common issue, but it’s easy to prevent with a few simple steps. Remember, regular maintenance keeps your machine running smoothly and protects your health.

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, remember regular maintenance keeps your machine running smoothly and helps keep your home in top condition for a potential home inspection. See these other ways you should prepare your home for a home inspection.

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