While I love the efficiency of my front-loading washer, a common problem for many modern-day laundresses is an unpleasant musty smell emanating from the machine.
Don't despair if you're the victim of a less-than-fresh-scented front loader. Follow these tips for solving the problem.
- Leave the door open, or at least cracked, between loads.
- Only use HE detergents.
- Try running white vinegar through the machine at least once a month. If that's not doing the trick, bring in the big guns with oxygen bleach.
- Wipe down the rubber seal on your washer with diluted vinegar or oxygen bleach.
- Check to make sure the drain hose connection is tight and nothing is draining to the lint trap.
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- Speaking of the lint trap, make a point to figure out where yours is on your machine, and add emptying the trap to your monthly cleaning routine.
- Since liquid fabric softener can often leave a residue on front loaders (and lead to mold buildup), forgo this step and opt for fabric sheets instead. (Or simply dry your clothes on the line for a super-fresh smell.)
- Some experts recommend lowering your detergent use . . . by up to three-quarters! Since HE detergent is so efficient, it's worth a try.
- If you're questioning the efficacy of your liquid HE detergent, opt for a powder HE detergent and see if there's any change.
- Still stumped? Try a product such as Smelly Washer or Affresh.