A clean washing machine ensures fresh, odor-free laundry and enhances your appliance’s longevity, saving you money. This comprehensive guide gives step-by-step instructions for cleaning your LG front-load washer.
But, before we give you the cleaning instructions, let’s start by briefly discussing why giving your washer a regular clean is important.
Why Clean Your Front-Load Washer Regularly
To ensure your LG front-load washer stays clean, you must regularly clean it. As a rule of thumb, giving your washer a deep clean every 3 to 6 months is a good idea. Here’s why:
- It stops mold buildup. Front load washers are prone to mold and mildew buildup due to their design, which causes moisture retention, especially in the door gasket. Regular cleaning helps remove existing mold and prevents its growth, ensuring your machine remains clean.
- It prevents odors. Mold and mildew can eventually cause foul odors to emit from your washer and make your laundry smell bad. Regular deep cleans will prevent these odors from developing.
- It keeps your washer running well. A clean front-load washing machine will clean your dirty laundry better and prevent internal components from becoming faulty. This will save you money on repairs and expand the lifespan of your appliance.
- It ensures your laundry is clean. Laundry from the washer covered in bacteria (even small amounts) can present a health risk to you and your family. Regular cleaning will ensure your laundry is clean and hygienic.
- It prevents clogs and leaks. A clean front-load washer is less likely to get buildups of debris and detergent residues in the hoses, gasket, filters, pumps, and drawers. When this occurs, your washer can become damaged or leak water.
- It saves you money. A clean washing machine runs more efficiently, which in turn saves you money when it comes to your energy bill. You also save money by not having to have your washer repaired or replaced as often.
Steps to Clean a Front-Load Washer
Now that we know why you should regularly clean your front-load washer, we want to run you through our simple yet effective deep-cleaning technique.
Before getting started, make sure you have the following tools and cleaning products:
- White vinegar and baking soda (for a natural solution)
- Commercial cleaning spray (if you don’t want to use a natural solution)
- Microfiber cloths or a sponge
- A small brush like a toothbrush
- A clean towel
Step 1 – Prepare the Washer
Remove any laundry and other items from the washer drum and dispenser compartments. Once empty, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe the inside of the drum out quickly.
Step 2 – Clean the Door Gasket
It’s really important to thoroughly clean the door gasket since bacteria love to hide and grow in it. To clean the door gasket, open the door and spray and wipe every surface of the gasket. If there are any hard-to-remove stains, use a small brush to remove them. Once clean, use a dry cloth to dry the door gasket.
Step 3 – Put Your Machine on a Wash Cycle
Fill the detergent compartment with your natural cleaning solution or the commercial cleaner you are using. You can also pour about half a cup extra of the cleaning solution into the drum. Next, run a hot water cycle using the washer’s cleaning cycle or the longest, hottest cycle available. The cleaning solution will help dissolve any mineral deposits and remove residues from the drum and hoses.
Step 4 – Clean the Dispenser Drawers
When the wash cycle ends, the next step is to clean the dispenser drawers. It’s important to pay special attention to the drawers due to detergent residue building up in them, which can cause bacteria to grow. To clean the dispenser, spray and wipe it or use a sponge and hot soapy water. If possible, take the drawers out to clean them.
Step 5 – Clean the Exterior
To clean the exterior of your washer, use a damp cloth and your cleaning solution to wipe down the exterior of the washer, including the control panel and any buttons or knobs. If you wish, pull the washer out from the wall, clean the back, and vacuum or mop underneath it.
Step 6 – Let the Washer Dry
After cleaning the exterior, dry the inside drum quickly with a towel and leave the washer door open to allow it to air dry. This will prevent moisture buildup and prevent mold growth.
Front-Load Washer Cleaning FAQ
If you have any questions about cleaning your LG front-load washer, chances are it’s one of the questions below.
How often should I clean my front-load washer?
Giving your front-load washer a deep clean every 3 to 6 months is a good idea. The frequency depends on how often you use it. In between deep cleans, clean the door gasket and detergent drawer at least once a month.
Why is cleaning the front load washer important?
A front-load washer’s efficiency and longevity depend on proper maintenance. Regular cleaning prevents mold, mildew, odors, and mechanical issues, ensuring your machine functions optimally.
How do I clean mold from the gasket?
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, apply to the gasket, and scrub gently with a toothbrush. Once clean, dry it with a clean cloth. It’s important to regularly clean the gasket to prevent mold growth and maintain cleanliness.
How do I prevent mold growth in my front-load washer?
After each use, wipe the gasket dry and leave the door open to allow the drum to dry out. Regular cleaning also helps prevent mold buildup. When cleaning, pay special attention to the door gasket and detergent drawer.
What if my front-load washer still smells after cleaning?
Your best course of action is to repeat the cleaning process. Before cleaning, ensure the drain hose and drain aren’t clogged. If the smell persists, you may need to get a technician to come and inspect your washer.