First of all, I want to commend you for doing a great job by purchasing a front loading washer and conserving water and energy. You need to pay a little extra attention to maintain your washer to keep it free from bacteria and germs. This maintenance will also keep the pump clean and help it from clogging up. I recently had to have the washer repair man out because I got some nails stuck in my pump. The repairman was surprised that I did not have buildup in my pump from detergents. using natural soaps, vinegar as a fabric softener from time to time and a monthly maintenance will help you avoid costly repairs. Now all I have to do is learn to empty my pockets! Here are your monthly washer maintenance tips to keep your washer free of germs and bacteria.
- Run a load with no clothes, hot water and one cup of white vinegar. This will kill the bacteria and germs inside of the washer.
- Wipe down the gasket with a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Make sure to get all of the nasty little germs hiding in the folds and creases of the gasket.Rinse well so the gasket does not dry out and crack from the vinegar.
- Take out the drawer for laundry detergent and fabric softener and wash it with the 50% White Vinegar solution. Make sure to rinse it and dry well.
- Clean inside of the hole where the drawer came out of. Use the 50% White Vinegar solution, rinse and dry with a soft cloth. There is usually some nasty residue hanging out inside of there that gathers mold and bacteria.
- Wash the inside of the door off with the same Vinegar solution, rinse and dry it as well.
Now that your machine is clean you want to keep it clean longer so here are a few tips to keep it smelling nice and fresh.
- After you wash your clothes leave your washer open to dry out so you do not develop mold problems.
- Wiping down the gasket periodically will also help as moisture stays inside of the folds.
- Using vinegar as a fabric softener (up to 1/2 cup) in the rinse cycle can also keep your washer sparkling clean.