If you have one of the front load HE washers you know that they can sometimes get stinky. Mine does and the user manual tells you to leave the door open to let it air out but I can’t always leave the door open because of where it is. If you read your instruction manual they tell you to run a special “cleaning cycle” once a month using bleach but a lot of people don’t use bleach in their home.
I tried the special tablets that you put in the washer and run a cycle but I don’t think it really cleaned. The musty smell wasn’t gone it was just masked with a heavy chemical scent from the cleaning tablet. I needed a homemade recipe to keep my front load HE washer smelling fresh.
I really needed something because my front load washer smelled really musty. I searched the internet and found lots of articles, most of them suggested trying vinegar and or baking soda, so here’s what I came up with and it works for me, it may not work for everybody.
Most machines have a way to run a cleaning cycle, check your manual if you don’t know how to run yours. I run a cleaning cycle in my machine using vinegar in the soap dispenser then when that is finished I use baking soda and pour it directly into the tub part of the washer and run another cleaning cycle. It comes out smelling fresh and clean. If yours is really musty you may want to repeat this several times to completely get rid of the smell. Once your washer is really clean smelling you’ll only have to do this once in a while to maintain.
I have a large rubber seal around the front door, right inside the washer, I wipe that clean with a mild cleaner every once in a while. I also wipe the glass that comes in contact with the rubber seal. The glass gets kind of a greasy buildup and if it can’t make a good seal with the rubber then it could leak. My washer is 14 years old so (knock on wood) I want to keep it going as long as I can. So far I haven’t had any issues other than the musty smell.
I love that it’s inexpensive and I’m not using a bunch of chemicals to just mask the odor. We use way too many chemicals, I’m trying to reduce the amount of chemicals that we are exposed to.
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