Why Your Front Load Washer Smells Moldy and How to Clean it

A front load washer is a high-efficiency type of washing machine that uses less water and energy than a conventional top-load washer. One downside to front load washers is that they can develop a musty smell over time, due to the build-up of mold and mildew. There are several ways to rid your washing machine of this unpleasant odor.

Egor Pastukhov
Appliance Repair Technician
June 1, 2022

What causes the washer to smell moldy?

There are a few potential causes of a washer that smells moldy. One common reason is that the washer isn't draining properly and water is stagnating, leading to the growth of mold and mildew. Another possibility is that there's something caught in the drain filter, such as a sock or a piece of clothing, which is preventing the water from draining completely. A final possibility is that there's something wrong with the seal on the door of the washing machine, which is allowing moisture to seep in and cause mold and mildew to grow.

How often should you clean your washing machine?

It's important to clean your washing machine regularly in order to prevent the build-up of dirt, grime and laundry detergent. Depending on how often you use your machine, you should aim to clean it every one to two months. For a front-loading washing machine, simply run a cycle with hot water and vinegar (no clothes) once a month. For a top-loading machine, you can either clean it by hand or use a washing machine cleaner according to the manufacturer's instructions. Remember to also clean the door seal, detergent drawer and any other removable parts as these can also become home to mould and mildew.

How do I keep my laundry smelling fresh?

There are a few things you can do to keep your laundry smelling fresh. One, is to use a fabric softener; this will help to keep the fibers of your clothes soft and odorless. You can also add vinegar to your wash cycle; the acid in vinegar helps to neutralize any unpleasant smells. Finally, you can try adding baking soda or lemon juice to your wash cycle; both of these ingredients are known for their ability to absorb bad odors.

If you have a front-loading washer, there is a good chance that you've come across a moldy smell. Of all of the different types of washers, front loaders seem to be most susceptible to this problem because of their design and the fact that they are less likely to ventilate properly. In addition, they often contain front gaskets which can trap dirt and absorb odors from items put through them. This leaves your entire house smelling like mildew when your machine breaks down or becomes overworked. If a washer has a build up of mold or mildew in the gasket area, not only will it give off a foul odor, but it can cause excess moisture on fabrics which can lead to other problems such as mold and mildew.

Here is a simple and effective way to eliminate that musty smell:

1. First, check the gasket area for any visible mold or mildew. If you see any, use a soft brush to scrub it away. Be sure to get in all of the nooks and crannies.

2. Next, clean the inside of the washer tub with a mixture of vinegar and water. This will help to remove any lingering dirt, grime, or soap scum.

3. Once the tub is clean, put a cup of baking soda in the bottom and run a cycle with hot water. This will help to deodorize the machine.

4. Finally, leave the door open after each use to allow the washer to air out. This will help to prevent mold and mildew from forming in the future.

If your washer still smells moldy after following these steps, you may need to call a washing machine technician. In some cases, the problem may be with the washer itself and not with the way that it is being used. If this is the case, a repairman will likely need to replace parts of the washer such as the gasket or seals. In most cases, however, you should be able to eliminate the musty smell from your washer by following the steps outlined above. Not only will this make your machine smell fresh and new again, but it will also help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew in the future.