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How to Clean a Front Load Washer in 5 Steps

If you don’t know how to clean a front load washer, just follow Maughanster Appliance Repair‘s step-by-step guide. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent mold, smells, and unwanted repairs.

Why Does My Front Load Washer Smell Bad?

Have you noticed that your front load washer smells like mildew? There could be mold or mildew growing in your washer. Due to the design of the door, water can easily get trapped in the door gasket. This warm, dark spot is the perfect spot for mold, mildew, and bacteria.

We recommend that you learn how to clean a front load washer. Follow the steps below once every month to keep your machine smelling fresh.

How to Clean a Front Load Washer to Prevent Mildew

Clean Front Load Washing Machine Door Seal

First, clean the rubber seal on your front load washer. Mold and mildew are notorious for hiding out here. Moisture can get trapped in the folds, which is the perfect playground for smelly fungus and bacteria.

To clean the door gasket, you’ll need a rag and warm soapy water. Dip the rag in the soapy water and wring it out. Wipe down the entire seal — make sure to lift it up and wipe underneath the fold.

After you’ve removed any mildew, debris, and other gunk, use a dry rag to remove any excess water. This will help prevent further mildew growth.

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Clean Front Loading Washer Drum

Knowing how to clean a front load washer includes keeping the drum fresh. We recommend using Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner tablets for this step. These foaming tabs dissolve slowly to remove residue and freshen the interior.

Place one tablet into the empty washer tub — do not put the tablet in the soap dispenser. If your washer has a “Clean Washer” cycle, select it. If your model doesn’t have this setting:

  • HE Washers: Run the largest, longest cycle with hot water
  • Traditional Washers: Run a normal or heavy cycle with hot water

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Clean Front Load Washer Filter

If you notice that your clothes are sopping wet after a wash cycle or your front load washer isn’t draining, you may need to clean the washing machine filter. This filter helps trap items that may pass to the pump.

Always unplug your machine before washing the pump filter and refer to your user manual for model-specific instructions.

Locate the pump access door and place a baking ban and towels underneath it. Remove the filter and allow the water to drain out. Clear any items from the washer filter then replace it according to your user manual specifications.

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