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Old 07-31-2006, 12:00 PM   #1
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How do i clean a front loader washing machine???

Ok, so it stinks without anything in it. I must need to clean it. How do i do this?? I don't have any dawn in the house(only ivory). I do have lemon juice,bleach, baking powder, and i think some watered down vinegar(1/4 parts vinegar/water). If i just want to run it without anything in it to clean it what do i use, where do i put it, how much, when do it put it in and do i use just hot cycles??
I am going to try and find the manual to see if it tells me anything but thought i would ask here first.

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Old 07-31-2006, 01:51 PM   #2
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Re: How do i clean a front loader washing machine???

I ended up using 3 cups lemon juice and some baking soda on a long hot/cold wash(hot/hot not an option). thinking i am getting stink because i am using charlies soap for diapers and then all free and clear for clothes. I am going to try charlies soap for everything and see what happens.
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Old 08-01-2006, 08:01 AM   #3
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Re: How do i clean a front loader washing machine???

I've heard that running a cup of dishwasher detergent is supposed to clean it.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:39 AM   #4
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Re: How do i clean a front loader washing machine???

Not sure about cleaning it, but are you making sure to leave the washer open all the time?

If you close it, other than to wash clothes, it can grow mildew, etc and develop a smell.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:41 AM   #5
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Re: How do i clean a front loader washing machine???

Ditto to what the PP said. Also, there is a rubber boot (of sorts) right where the door meets with the drum. I tend to find stuff collects in there as well. I typically will run a heavy duty load with about 1/4 of bleach and then clean the boot. Works for me.
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Old 08-01-2006, 10:18 AM   #6
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Re: How do i clean a front loader washing machine???

Washer smells pretty clean today. Here is what i did.
1. empty hot/cold wash 3 cups lemon juice and some baking soda
2. empty load cold/cold not soap or anything
3. Load of diapers with charlies
4. Load of whites with bleach and charlies.
5. another load with diapers and clothes with charlies
Yep, i the washer got a lot of use yesterday and it smells fine today.
I always check the inside of the rubber part/boot for lint, dog hair, etc.
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