How To Clean A Front Load Washer
In this video I show you how to clean a front load washer.
Many people complain about mildew and odors after using a front load washing machine for a while. There are a few things you can do to clean your washer and then prevent the mildew and odor from returning.
The process is pretty easy and will have you loving your high efficiency washer again.
The first step is to gather your cleaning supplies. You will need the following: 2 cups of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda.
Now here is where I differ from most of the instructions you’ll find on the internet. NEVER mix vinegar and baking soda as a cleaning solution!
I know what all those other sites say. I’m here to tell you there is a simple reason why you DO NOT do it.
As you might recall from your high school chemistry class, mixing baking soda and vinegar releases CO2 gas in the reaction. What you are left with is water and sodium acetate. Basically all you have now is a weak salt solution that doesn’t clean anything well at all.
The other thing you may remember from chemistry class is that an alkaline solution (or base), and
So I don’t care what those other sites say about the amazing bubbling action of mixing baking soda and vinegar as a cleaner, the science behind it proves it just don’t work.
Now here is the correct procedure on how to clean a front load washer.
Pour in two cups of vinegar as in the video. Set the washer to a long hot water cycle. The hot water and the weak acid solution of the vinegar (vinegar is acetic acid after all) will kill and remove any mildew that has taken up residence in the tub of the washer. ( I show you how this works in another video on cleaning your dishwasher)
After that cycle finishes, you want to add 1 cup of baking soda into the drum and run a short hot water cycle to clean and remove odors.
After the cycle with the baking soda finishes, you will want to open the door and prop it open to let the moisture in the drum evaporate.
To prevent mildew and odors in the future it’s always a good idea to prop the door open to let the moisture evaporate after you finish washing for the day.
Try this out and let me know how it works for you.
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