How to Remove Odor in a Front Load Washer


Front-loading washers are especially susceptible to odors because water and bacteria are in constant contact with the door and its rubber seal during the washing cycle. This provides a warm, moist environment where mildew can thrive and odor-causing bacteria can build up. With a disinfectant, you can eliminate both odor sources and make your washer fresh again.

Things You'll Need

  • Disinfectant cleaning product such as bleach or pine oil
  • Soft cloths
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Place 1/2 cup of your disinfectant into the washer.

  • Set your washer to the regular hot water cycle.

  • Run your washer. The heat and disinfectant will kill interior odor sources and freshen your washing machine.

  • Wash the rubber seal around the washer door with soap and water and a soft cloth.

  • Fill a spray bottle with 100 percent hydrogen peroxide and spray the rubber seal to remove mildew. Wait a few minutes and wipe away the mildew with a clean, soft cloth.

  • Remove the detergent dispenser and other attachments and wipe these parts with a soft cloth soaked in white vinegar.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leave the washer door open after use to allow it to air out. This will prevent future mildew buildup.
  • Read the label on your disinfectant to make sure it is marked with an EPA registration number. Products marked with this number meet EPA standards for disinfectants. Products not marked with the number might not kill all your bacteria and mildew.
  • Don't mix bleach with ammonia, as this combination will cause toxic fumes.

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