How to Get The Smell Out of a Front-loading Washer

Does your front-loading washer smell like old feet? The most likely culprit for odors in a washing machine is mold and mildew.

Get The Smell Out of a Front-loading WasherGet The Smell Out of a Front-loading Washer
Follow these few very easy steps to freshen and deodorize your front-loading washing machine.

Open the door of your front-loading washer. There is a rubber sealing gasket that seals around the front door. Grab a bucket of bleach water and a rag and wipe out around the rubber gasket, paying close attention to the middle of the gasket where water tends to settle. Leave the door open and allow the gasket to air dry.

Many front-loading washers come with a cleaning cycle built in. Fill the unit's bleach tray with bleach and run through a cleaning cycle. If your front loader does not come with a cleaning cycle, fill your washing machine's bleach tray with bleach and run a normal, empty cycle. This will sanitize and freshen the unit. After the cycle has been ran, prop the door open and allow the washing machine to air dry.

Many front-loading washing machine manufacturers recommend leaving the front door open after running a load of landry to allow the front gasket to air dry.

Things You Will Need

  • bleach
  • water

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