Keep Your Front-Loading Washer Stink-Free With These Four Tips


Some front-loading washers have had issues with mould and mildew, and that means nasty smells that get into your clothes. Here are some easy ways to keep that from happening.

In this video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel, Dan Diclerico demonstrates how to keep your front-loader from smelling funky:

  1. Wipe the glass and the door gasket dry after each load.
  2. Keep the washer door ajar when not in use so air can circulate.
  3. Regularly remove detergent buildup from the dispenser.
  4. Sanitise the washer every few months using one cup of chlorine bleach. Fill the bleach dispenser and run a no-laundry, hot water cycle.

If you follow these tips, you won't ever have to worry about mouldy smells, regardless of how old your front-loader is. If you're in the market for a front-loading washer, Diclerico recommends a model with a tub cleaning cycle, which is designed to prevent mildew.

How to Get Rid of Odor in a Front-Loader [YouTube]


  • I always leave the door wide open when not in use. The machine is four years old and has never had any problem with stink or mould.

    I also only use liquid detergents, not powder, so there’s no build up of undissolved powder anywhere.

    I’m not sure about using chlorine bleach though…doesn’t that attack rubber? It might damage the seals or internal hoses?

    • Yep, you’ll want something that doesn’t eat away at the rubber. look at pool chlorine’s as they are designed not to destroy the systems they flush through.

      Also you can use a coffee machine cleaner to remove the calcium buildup on the heating element.

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