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Three Tips to Keep Your Front-Load Washer Clean

Front-load washing machines often have a problem with mold and mildew in their door gaskets. It's easy to avoid this mold and mildew, but it's very difficult to get rid of it, and sometimes requires an expensive replacement gasket.

With all front-load washers, remember to keep the door and the dispenser drawer open when the machine isn't running. It might help to keep a rag near the washer and use it to wipe the glass and the bottom pocket of the boot after each load. Hang the rag to dry on the door to remind you to keep the door open.

Always use High Efficiency (HE) detergent; regular detergent makes foam and suds, giving the mildew a perfect environment to grow.

The dispenser drawer is removable; use a plastic-bristled brush and a mold-and-mildew remover product to clean that space.

Finally, use a washer cleaning product that will wash any remaining detergent down the drain. One day, appliance manufacturers will add a fan to quickly dry the space between the basket and the tub after the clothes are removed. Until that day, we’re on our own! These tips will help keep your washer—and the clothes you wash—clean and odor-free.

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