Ladies, this one goes out to you. You know who you are. You’re faced everyday with grubby little hands, homework (or homeschooling) and piles and piles of laundry. And to top it off….your front loader has an icky, gross smell that nothing seems to help. Holla!
I commiserate with you. I, too, have that funky front-loader smell. And from what I hear and read, it’s pretty common. And, of course, it’s no reflection on our cleaning abilities. I’ve got dirty bathrooms for that, right?
Our own front-loader is a Miele. We have had several washers over the years and I like front loaders for their cleaning ability and eco-friendliness. I really like the astethitics as well. I swoon over a laundry room with a built in washer and dryer under a folding counter. My own laundry room is not so glamorous. And, of course, it has that front-loader funky smell. But not for long!
We have a friend who sells high end appliances. If you are in the Atlanta area and have fancy, schmancy appliances, then you just might have purchased them from Distinctive Appliances. They sell only the best!
According to my friend, there are three probable causes for smelly front loader washing machines:
- Water in the boot. Most front loaders have a rubber boot, or gasket, between the washing basket and the frame of the washer. Moisture tends to build up between washes.
- Animal fat in liquid detergents. Liquid detergents contain more animal fat than solid detergents. When moisture stays in the washer, the animal fats can become smelly.
- Poor ventilation. There is generally a vent in the back of the machine to allow air to flow. But to release smell, air circulation should be improved.
So, there. You know the cause. Let’s move onto the solution.
- Use a high quality detergent with no animal fats. My buddy recommends Persil or Ecovantage. I use Seventh Generation laundry products. These are plant-based and have no animal fats. If you choose to make your own detergent, just avoid any ingredient with animal fats. Keep in mind what my buddy recommended. After all, he is the real expert.
- Perform a deep cleanse. Run 2 cycles with no clothing in the machine on the longest, hottest cycle possible and add a cup of distilled vinegar. Do this approximately 4x a year. For extra kick, add a few drops of doTerra Purify, it’s a blend of essential oils that cleanses, cleans and purifies.
- Leave the door open between uses. This improves ventilation and circulation.
- Wipe the boot at the end of each day. Simply dry out the boot between the wash basket and door frame. This one is the hardest. We mamas have a lot on our minds, right? Maybe it’s a chore that we could assign one of the kiddos. Seriously, even a 4 year old can be taught to wipe out that boot. That’s some good parenting, right there!
I plan on incorporating these tips as much as possible. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Do you suffer from the front loader stink?
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