How to Put Bleach in a Front-loading Washing Machine


Front load washing machines hold several advantages over traditional top loaders. They hold more clothing because there is no agitator and use approximately two-thirds less water. Because front load washing machines use less water, they also use less laundry detergent and bleach. Adding the proper amount of bleach to a front-loading washer will ensure that the clothes are cleaned properly without being damaged.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Soapy dish water

Cleaning Clothing

  • Locate the bleach dispenser on the unit. For many front-loading washing machines, the bleach dispenser is in the same drawer or compartment that houses the detergent and fabric softener dispensers.

  • Pour 1/2 cup of bleach into the bleach dispenser. Adding any more bleach than this will cause damage to the clothing.

  • Wash the clothing according to the label's directions.

Clean the Washer

  • Remove the detergent, bleach and fabric softener dispenser drawers completely from the unit.

  • Wipe down the drawers with a rag that has been soaked in soapy dishwater.

  • Return the dispensers to their original position.

  • Add 1/2 cup bleach to the dispenser labeled "Bleach."

  • Run the washing machine on a regular cycle with hot water. Do not add clothing to the machine. The bleach will clean out the washing machine and remove any unwanted odors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid using bleach when laundering spandex, stretch fabrics, wool, silk or satin.

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