Thursday, January 10, 2013

Love Your Laundry Room: Maintaining Your Front Loader Washing Machine

Your front loading washing machine needs love too! I know it sounds silly, but you need to wash your washing machine, front loader that is. Follow these simple steps, and it will love you back!

Water can pool in the rubber gasket that seals the door, causing a foul order and causing mold and mildew to grow. Throw in some lint, hair, and dirt from your laundry and you have a gross sludge that can clog up the drain holes. Here's what mine looked like precleaning...ew

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To remedy the situation, once a month add a cup of distilled white vinegar and a cup of baking soda directly into the drum. Then, add about ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda into the detergent dispenser and select your washer's Cleaning Cycle. If your front loader doesn't have a Cleaning Cycle option, you can just select the regular wash cycle using hot water.

Now, I do a lot of laundry, so my machine never sits more than a day or two unused. If you are able to go longer between loads, first I am jealous... but really, it's a good idea to leave the door open when not in frequent use to allow the water and moisture to evaporate and keep your machine from smelling stagnant.

Next, clean the drain pump filter. If the drain pump filter gets clogged with debris, the water flow will slow down, and fill up with gross, dirty water over time. Old water that didn’t drain sits here, as does lint and dirt...or sand in the summer : ) The drain pump filter is usually located at the front bottom of the washer. Here's mine...



First, drain the access water from the washer. For this step, place a container under the area where you will be removing the filter. It's also a good idea to keep an old rag handy to wipe up any water that escapes. My washer is on a stand, so the filter is high enough off the ground that I can drain water into a bucket.  If your washer is not on a stand, use a shorter container to catch the water. On my machine, I have a capped hose that is used to drain the water. I just unclip the hose and turn it downward toward my bucket. Once your hose is pointed so water will pour into your bucket, remove the plastic cap on the hose and drain away! You'll be amazed at what comes out.


Next, unscrew the drain pump filter and pull the filter straight out toward you. Rinse off any lint or debris caught in it and replace.


Following these simple instructions on a regular basis will help your front loader run smoother and keep it loving you back : )


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