How to Clean an Electrolux Front-Load Washer

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Things You'll Need

  • Liquid chlorine bleach

  • Scrubbing brush

  • Cleaning rags

  • Nonabrasive, all-purpose household cleaner

  • Sponge

  • Mildew remover spray or spray bleach

  • Dish detergent

  • Ammonia

Tip

Ward off mildew by keeping the washer's front door open and its dispenser draw ajar for a few hours after every use.

To prevent residue from building up in the folds of your washer's gasket, always use a high-efficiency detergent, and closely follow the dosages recommended by the detergent manufacturer.

For heavy-duty cleaning -- including cases of mildew, lingering odors or severe soiling -- add 8 cups of bleach to the main detergent compartment and run a Clean Washer cycle as many times as necessary.

If you have specific cleaning questions or other maintenance queries, contact Electrolux via the e-mail submission form at their official site or by phone at 877-435-3287.

The control panel of an Electorlux washing machine.
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Electrolux's appliance lineup encompasses front-loading washing machines that range in capacity from 4.2 to 4.4 cubic feet. Although they also differ a bit in features and finishes -- some use Wave-Touch controls, while others rely on Electrolux's IQ interface -- these washers are quite similar in terms of construction, right down to the chrome accents. As such, the basic cleaning techniques recommended by the manufacturer apply across models.

Step 1

Remove all clothes from the machine, close the front door securely and fill the main wash compartment of the detergent chamber with 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach. Remove the "Liquid Only" dispenser cup if it's installed in the chamber.

Step 2

Press the "Specialty Cycles" button on the control panel of your washer. Turn the cycle selector knob to scroll through specialty cycles until you reach the Clean Washer cycle, as indicated by the words "System Clean" on the LCD display. Press the start button to run a washer-cleaning cycle.

Step 3

Follow up the Clean Washer cycle with a Spin Only cycle with no detergent. Electrolux recommends running the Clean Washer cycle sequence once per month for preventative maintenance.

Step 4

Pull out the dispenser drawer and press down on the rear lock tab. Remove the detergent compartment and take out the inserts, then rinse them thoroughly under hot tap water to wash away residue and buildup. If the compartment or inserts are stained, allow them to soak in 3/4 cup of liquid bleach and a gallon of hot water before rinsing. Scrub the inside of the drawer with a cleaning brush and wipe away excess residue with a paper towel or soft rag, then replace the inserts and snap the compartment back into the drawer.

Step 5

Wipe the interior of the drum thoroughly with a sponge and an all-purpose, nonabrasive household cleaner, then rinse the drum thoroughly with water and wipe it dry with a clean, soft rag.

Step 6

Run a dry cleaning cloth between the outer fold of the washer's rubber gasket and the machine's cabinet to remove lint and debris. Dampen a cleaning cloth or sponge with mildew remover spray or spray bleach and wipe the entire surface of the gasket, focusing on the folds and crevices to remove and prevent mildew.

Step 7

Dampen a cleaning rag lightly in a solution of mild dish detergent and warm water and wipe down the washer's cabinet. If the cabinet has stubborn stains, wipe them with a solution of 1 part bleach and 8 parts water, then rinse them with plain water. To cap off your cleaning, polish the appliance's chrome accents with ammonia or window cleaner, but take care not to mix ammonia with bleach.

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