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Cleaning Tips For A High-Efficiency Front Loading Washing Machine

Front-loading high-efficiency washing machines are a great investment for cutting your costs and conserving water. They're also unique in the fact that they don't use an agitator to wash your clothes, so they may reduce wear and tear. If you're buying a front-loading washer, though, it's important that you know how to keep it clean. Here's a look at what you need to know to clean and care for your new washer.

Regular Cleaning Needs

Every time you run a load of laundry through the machine, make sure you wipe down the door with a paper towel or a lint-free cloth. Wipe both inside and out, then do the same with the gasket on the inside edge of the door. Start at the top of the gasket and work your way to the bottom. Lift the back edge of the gasket carefully as you wipe so that you're getting the surface area directly underneath it, too. This will draw out any moisture that might be trapped around the gasket.

Prop the door open for a while when you're done with laundry. That allows the washer to dry out. The amount of time it will take can vary, because it's affected by the average temperature and the ambient humidity in the house, as well as how effectively you dried out the gasket when you wiped it.

Eliminating Mildew

If you can see black spots inside the door or on the gasket, that's mildew growing. You can get rid of it with a bleach solution. The best ratio for the solution is approximately a tablespoon of bleach to every two cups of water. Use a soft-bristled brush moistened in the bleach solution to gently scrub the mildew away. Then, dampen a soft cloth with the solution and wipe the whole surface down after you've scrubbed the mildew away. Dry the whole thing with a clean, lint-free rag afterward.

Dealing with Odors

Front-loading washing machines have a reputation for developing some unusual odors, mostly a result of neglect when it comes to water accumulation. Luckily, there are many ways to deal with this, including cleaning the washing machine with vinegar and baking soda. Run an empty wash cycle and put about a cup of white vinegar into the detergent reservoir. Add approximately a half-cup of baking soda to the washer drum. Run the wash cycle as you normally would, then finish with the same regular cleaning needs as a traditional load of laundry.

These tips will help you make the most of your new high-efficiency washing machine by keeping it clean and odor-free. For more tips to care for it, talk with a local washer and dryer service shop like A-Z Appliance Heating & Cooling.