Both mildew and mold are small plants. Those tiny organisms can grow on the damp parts of a front loading washer. Their presence in that washing machine does not endanger the appearance of the washed linens or garments. Still, it can cause those same washed items to pick up an unpleasant smell.
Why mold and mildew pose a greater problem with a front loader
All washing machines have wet areas once a washed load has been removed. Yet only a front loading machine washes things in HE detergent. Manufacturers urge those that depend on the capabilities of a front loader to use such a detergent, because it makes fewer suds.
Unfortunately, that same detergent also works effectively at lower temperatures. On the other hand, those lower temperatures do not kill bacteria or other small organisms. At the same time, the front loader’s door has a design that allows it to serve as a type of trap. That design makes it easy for the door to trap debris, lint, water and soil. Mold and mildew welcome the chance to grow on those wet particles. A homemaker can deal with the tiny growing plants by cleaning the door’s seal on a regular basis.
Other tricks that keep tiny organisms from imparting washed clothes with an unpleasant odor
While it is possible to use one of the HE detergents at a lower temperature, the front loader works fine, if run at a higher temperature. If you are washing several loads, it helps to do the last load at a higher temperature. That added amount of heat will prevent growth of any tiny organisms, including bacteria.
Once you have killed any bacteria or other organisms by introducing more heat, do not deprive yourself of the chance to enjoy all of the expected benefits. In other words, do not close the door, so that it becomes hard for any remaining water to evaporate. Instead, make sure that the door of your front loader stays open. You can seek the advice of an appliance repair service in Stoney Creek to know more about the maintenance.
One further trick involves running the front loading machine when no clothes have been placed in the same machine. Before you try that trick, study the information in the manufacturer’s manual. Make sure that you know what chemicals can get added to the water that will slosh around in your operating appliance.
There are two different chemicals from which you can choose, if you plan to try this particular trick. One is bleach, something that you probably already have in your home. The other one is tri-sodium phosphate. Run one cycle with either of those chemicals added to the water. That helps to kill any organism that could have caused a future load of clothes to smell bad.