How to Prevent Odors in Your Front Load Washer

How to Prevent Odors in Your Front Load Washer

The laundry is piling up and if you are like me, you have put it off for as long as you possibly could. Laundry is one of my least favorite household chores to do around my home because it can be difficult to get odors and smells out of my clothes. Especially as of lately, my clean clothes are coming out of the washing machine smelling a little sour, making me feel like my pursuit for clean clothes is a waste. After some investigating, I finally found the culprit of my smelly clothes issue and low and behold my front load washer has been the cause of my odor problems.

For many people, front load washers are a somewhat new thing and can take some adjustment to get used to. For nearly six decades of standard top load washers, we have had to learn a new way of washing clothes. The high-tech front load washers were designed to be high efficiency, by utilizing less water in each cycle. This is a huge step for water conservation and a great new feature provided in this new washing machine. However, the issues begin when consumers forget about the level of water used in each cycle. We want to use a lot of detergent and fabric softeners to our laundry loads to really get our fabrics clean and smelling good but this is where the trouble starts to arise. A buildup begins in your washer from leftover detergent and fabric softener which mixes with body oil and fibers from your clothing that also get trapped in your washing machine. This combination is the result of strong odors in your machine and on your clothes.

How Do I Clean A Front Load Washer?

Cleaning our washing machines can sometimes fall at the waist side because many of us assume that our washing machines get cleaned every time we do a load of laundry. Unfortunately, though, over time residue from your laundry detergents and fabric softeners may cling to the inside of the washer behind the rubber door seals creating quite a pungent odor. The residue trapped in the rubber door seals, however, is not cleaned when running a normal laundry cycle.

There are many DIYs on the best method to clean your washing machine. Some of these DIYs may work great, but many of them can be doing more harm to your washing machine than good. It is best to look for a washing machine deodorizer that is specifically designed to work on cleaning your front load washer. You may be wondering though, what’s the harm in trying a cheaper DIY washing machine cleaner recipe? I’m gonna break down the effects of certain chemicals in your washing machine and why you should avoid using these practices to clean your washing machine.

Cleaning Your Washing Machine With Bleach & Vinegar

DIYs love to promote the use of bleach and vinegar in the process of cleaning your washing machine and for many of us, it’s super easy because we usually have all the ingredients needed at home already to get the job done. However, using bleach and vinegar in your washing machine can actually make your washing machine worse, acting harshly on your machine. The chemicals in these products can eat away and rot the rubber hoses and seals in your washing machine. Not to mention that both bleach and vinegar have strong odors that can transfer to your clean clothing creating a lasting smell on your fabrics. So you may want to refrain from grabbing the vinegar and bleach for any cleaning in your washing machine.

Make Sure to Clean the Dispenser Drawers

Your washing machine dispenser drawer may also be a culprit of strong odors in your washing machine. Dispenser drawers can harbor pungent smells that can really make your front loaders stinky. Detergent and fabric softeners may build up inside the drawers eliciting the foul smell. This is another area of your washing machine that may not be getting the proper cleaning it needs. In reality, you should really clean your dispenser drawer once or twice a month at least.

Best Odor Removal Cleaner For Front Load Washers

There are a lot of options to use when you are looking for a front load washer cleaner, from DIYs to harsh chemical-filled store products. Instead of using a harsh chemical product on your washing machine to clean it, use a natural, non-toxic product to do the job. The OdorKlenz Washing Machine Deodorizer has been specifically designed to help remove and neutralize odor-causing residues that build up in your washer over time. Especially in the areas that harbor odors like the rubber seal door and the dispenser drawer of your washer. The OdorKlenz Washing Machine Deodorizer fights odor-causing residues with an earth mineral technology that was made to attack and neutralize odors at the source without the use of masking agents or toxic chemicals.

Removes Musty Smells from Front Load & Top Load Washer. HE Friendly, Non-Toxic, & Fragrance-Free

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It has been said that you should clean your washing machine at least once or twice a month to help prevent future laundry problems. When using this OdorKlenz product, make sure to shake the product thoroughly before using, and then add a 1/2 cup of the product to the dispenser drawer. Then run your washing machine on a regular cycle using warm water to effectively clean and deodorize your washing machine.

Washing machines can be tricky to clean and remove odors from, especially the new front load washers. With front load washers there are new places for odors to get trapped and cause laundry issues. By using an effective washing machine deodorizer, you can eliminate your laundry problems and help your clothes from smelling like harsh chemicals and odors!

What People Are Saying About Us…

“I moved to an apt and use the building laundry. It smells like every brand of detergent each machine and my clothes stank and I got asthma. I added this to the next load (and wiped down the soap dispenser to remove caked on soap residue) and my clothes don’t smell and I can breathe. To be extra safe I do a cleansing rinse before doing my sheets (pretty expensive) but I don’t have any stink. It is impressive stuff!

12% of the population gets migraines. I think the same percent is smell sensitive–not sure if it’s related, but for us, it’s not a preference, it’s a health condition. Strong perfumes/colognes and heavily scented detergents produce headaches and nausea. This is relief. Now if you could just spray it on co-workers or classmates, we’d be set.”

A. Kurt

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