How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine With Vinegar

Front loading washing machines are growing more popular each year as an increasing number of consumers want higher efficiency machines that use less water. A problem that has been found with most front loading machines, however, is a musty smell after laundry is washed. The culprit is likely mold, which is most often found on the inside of the door. Clean a front loading washing machine with vinegar to eliminate these smell issues and health hazards. Even if you don't notice a sour smell, your washing machine can benefit from a monthly cleaning with vinegar to get rid of detergent buildup.

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How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine With Vinegar

Run a long wash cycle with only water and one cup of white vinegar in the washer. Do not use any detergent or place any clothing in the wash.

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How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine With Vinegar

Wipe down the door gasket, seals, and door interior with a soft cloth soaked in a water and vinegar solution after the wash cycle finishes. The solution should be 50 percent vinegar.

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How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine With Vinegar

Rinse the door gasket and seals after cleaning them with the vinegar solution to prevent deterioration and damage of the seal.

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How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine With Vinegar

Wipe the inside of the door, including the gasket and seals dry. Leave the door open slightly to allow the washer to air out.

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How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine With Vinegar

Repeat this cycle once per month to keep your front loading washer smelling fresh and to prevent mold on the door.