Front load washers are increasingly favored for their energy efficiency and conservation, but there is one potential issue with them that most people are unaware of: the risk of mold and mildew. Because the machines use less water, some have trouble draining away all the water, dirt, and detergent residue. Left unattended, the problem can grow into a mildewy, odorous mess.
There are ways to avoid mold growth and a mildew smell, thankfully. Consumer Reports and front load washer owners shared their tips:
- Transfer laundry loads from the washer to the dryer as soon as possible. Letting them sit in the washer too long adds to that moist, mildew odor.
- Clean the door gasket and the glass window after washes and leave the door open to air-
- Clean the slide-out detergent tray of any leftover liquids to prevent mold growth.
- Periodically run hot water washes and add some vinegar or an Affresh Washer Cleaner tablet to eliminate odors and break down soap buildup.
- Follow your product manual’s instructions for running the cleaning cycle.
Note that not all front load washing machines develop these problems. According to Consumer Report’s Annual Product Reliability Survey, only 8% of front-load machine problems were caused by mold or mildew. In a few years manufacturers may have found a way to fix this issue altogether. However, it’s always easier to prevent a problem than try to fix it after it’s occurred. Follow these tips, and your front loader should enjoy a long, clean life.
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