Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Keeping your front-loading washer clean and fresh....
Here are the tips that were suggested in the magazine:
1-Don't use too much soap! Front loaders use 1/3 of the amount of water of a regular washer. If you put in too much soap, there won't be enough water to wash it away. The residue left by the soap can result in mildew. Make sure you use HE detergent and then only the recommended amount. Less is actually more in this case.
2-Check to make sure your front-loader is level. If the machine is not perfectly level, it could not be draining properly. If you find this is the problem, then call a service man to adjust it.
3-Re-think using liquid fabric softener. It has a waxy bas which sticks to the tub of the machine giving mildew a place to grow. If you do choose to use it, use a VERY small amount.
HOW TO FIX IT.....
Quotes from Real Simple Magazine, "To get rid of the mildew odor, run an empty machine on the hottest setting with bleach or Affresh ($8, homedepot.com), a cleaner that deodorizes a washer's interior. And after each load of laundry, leave the door ajar to allow the interior to dry."
Many newer front loaders have a cleaning cycle also.
Good luck and I hope this helps. :)
Posted by Rebecca Barlow at 11:53 AM