Green Tip of the Week #11 – Cleaning front loaders

Front-loading washing machineThanks to Julie from ChezArtz for this great tip regarding cleaning front-loading washing machines without using bleach.

The manufacturer’s instructions on many front loaders recommend periodically running a “Tub Clean” cycle (i.e. running the washer with no clothes in it) with bleach to keep the drum smelling fresh. Try substituting white vinegar instead and keep a little dioxin out of the environment. I’ve been doing this weekly for two months now (and I wash 2-3 loads of cloth diapers per week) and the tub is just as clean and fresh with vinegar as it was with the weekly wash down with bleach!

Julie says she fills the “bleach cup” in her front-loader all the way with vinegar, which is about half a cup. She also reminds folks to leave the door of their front-loader open or it will “get funky fast!!!”

Great suggestion, Julie! I’m all in favor of keeping bleach out of the environment. Thanks!

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3 thoughts on “Green Tip of the Week #11 – Cleaning front loaders”

  1. I’m going to give this a go. I have a front load washer and I’m not so good about cleaning it. The result = nasty moldy smell. I had no idea they were so high maintenance when we bought one.

  2. Yeah, you’re supposed to leave the door open to prevent mildew/mold. Seems to be working for me, but say I wanted to be extra fresh…how much vinegar do I put in there?

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