How to Put Bleach in a Front-loading Washing Machine

By Jaimie Zinski

Front load washing machines hold several advantages over traditional top loaders. They hold more clothing because there is no agitator and use approximately two-thirds less water. Because front load washing machines use less water, they also use less laundry detergent and bleach. Adding the proper amount of bleach to a front-loading washer will ensure that the clothes are cleaned properly without being damaged.

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Avoid using an excessive amount of bleach in your front load washer.

Cleaning Clothing

Step 1

Locate the bleach dispenser on the unit. For many front-loading washing machines, the bleach dispenser is in the same drawer or compartment that houses the detergent and fabric softener dispensers.

Step 2

Pour 1/2 cup of bleach into the bleach dispenser. Adding any more bleach than this will cause damage to the clothing.

Step 3

Wash the clothing according to the label's directions.

Clean the Washer

Step 4

Remove the detergent, bleach and fabric softener dispenser drawers completely from the unit.

Step 5

Wipe down the drawers with a rag that has been soaked in soapy dishwater.

Step 6

Return the dispensers to their original position.

Step 7

Add 1/2 cup bleach to the dispenser labeled "Bleach."

Step 8

Run the washing machine on a regular cycle with hot water. Do not add clothing to the machine. The bleach will clean out the washing machine and remove any unwanted odors.