How to Keep Front Loading Washers Mold-Free

“Wait,” you say. “You don’t have a front loading washer!”

Why yes, you are correct! But one of my best friends Amber does!  And she doesn’t have a blog, so I will be her surrogate blogger for the day! I was hanging out at her house the other day, doing laundry.  Well, she was doing laundry, while we both cooked dinner and the kids were playing. The guys were watching football, if you must know. It’s nice to have a friend that you can do laundry and cook dinner with, and have fun at the same time.

But I digress…

Anyway, as she was unloading the washer, I asked her if she had problems with smelliness or mold, since I had heard lots of stories about this particular problem.  She said, “Nope.”  I’m not sure if that’s exactly what she said, but you get the gist.

Anyway, she gave me a couple of easy tricks to keep the mold growth down, should I ever be able to afford get front loading washer/dryer:

front loading washer

Leave the door to the washer open after you are done washing your loads. If you leave it open, the seal area can dry out, discouraging mold growth and odor.

Save your bleach load as your last load. When you dry the bleached clothes, some of the bleach will sort of clean out any bacteria in the machine. Amber washes her towels with a little bleach and saves that for the last load.

Wipe underneath the seal after if ever you’re done with the laundry. Amber says she doesn’t even need to do this, as the previous two tips keep her washer nice and clean and good-smelling.

Do you have a front loading washer? Do you wish you did? (raises hand) Have you had mold or odor problems? Got any tips?

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PS. This is not my laundry room.  Hint: You can see the floor

photo credit: unfoldedorigami

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Comments

  1. My front loading washer tells me to sanitize it after so many loads; usually twice a month. 🙂

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Wow! It talks?! Awesome! (Just kidding) How do you sanitize? Do you use disinfecting spray?

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  2. melissa
    Twitter: rockdrool
    says:

    i have a top loading one. it still stinks. BADLY. but only during the summer.

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  3. We have a front loader, and after much research, discovered that the people who use liquid fabric softener, have a smelly washer – so – we haven’t used any in the washer – instead use vinegar – which works amazingly without the chemicals – and we haven’t had any yucky smells. We also keep the door open when it’s not in use, and clean it once a month or so.

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  4. Lisa
    Twitter: lifeofahappymom
    says:

    “It’s nice to have a friend that you can do laundry and cook dinner with, and have fun at the same time.” This made me laugh. And feel jealous. We’re kind of far from anywhere…

    But yeah, I leave the door open, and I don’t have a problem with it. My toddler can’t reach the light, and he won’t go in the laundry room without a light on, so I’m not worried about him getting locked in there. I’ve had my washer for 6 months and so far have had no problems with smell. I do a bleach load occasionally, though I never thought about leaving it for the last load. Good tip. Tell your friend thanks!

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  5. I totally agree about the friend you can do laundry with. That’s the best kind. My washing machine seal never seems to dry out. I leave the door open, but there’s always and inch or two of water in there. I’ve tried all sorts of things, but I just have to clean out the icky water myself.

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  6. Amy B.
    Twitter: amybhole
    says:

    I do all this, and mine is still stinky. I just got some new cleaner form Tide, though, and I’m eager to see how it works. I hate having to dig out all that gunk.

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  7. some will be stinky because of the stainless steel aspect no matter what but these are great great tips!!

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  8. I have a top-loading washer, and though it is quite dirty it has never smelled. I guess I should be grateful!

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  9. Ginger
    Twitter: Here\'s My Cup Lord
    says:

    It’s not just a front-load

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  10. Kathryn Lang
    Twitter: kathrynclang
    says:

    We have not had a smell issue, AND we do get through with laundry. I thought I’d share my little tips to get laundry done.

    I found myself doing a continuous load of laundry and it was exhausting. So one day I declared that no longer would laundry continue over days, but only on Mon (sheets and towels) and Thursday (clothes). If you do not get your items to the laundry area (I do not have separate room) on those days then you do without clean ones. 😀

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  11. Emily
    Twitter: FamilyNLifeLV
    says:

    I have one – love it! But to be fair my hubs said I don’t get another washer/dryer for 10+ years!!

    When all those tips fail I use the Affresh to reset the stink! Also tub clean weekly.

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  12. Alfred Stephens
    Twitter: moldremover
    says:

    For the first year that we owned a front load washer everything was fine. Then it started acting up to my dismay. Bleach isn’t a great solution if you’re on a septic… unfortunately for my washing machine and my clothes!

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  13. if you have a front loader and the seal looks a little grubby try making a paste out of bicarbonate of soda and rubbing it in should get rid of some if not all the gunk and after put the washer on empty on the highest temperature setting you can manage also with a little bicarbonate sprinkled inside should get rid of any smells and doesn’t cost as much as most sanitizers.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Thanks Kim! Great tip!

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