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Keeping the Washer Clean

Keeping your washing machine clean

How Your Washer Gets Dirty

Years ago, phosphates were removed from detergents due to environmental concerns, and as a result, the detergents had to be reformulated to work without them. Because of this, washing machines have also changed to use less water, while still cleaning the clothes.

With less water being used, it is important to not use too much detergent because it can cause mold and mildew inside the washers (both top load and front load). Top load washers have more air gaps and openings, so while the odor may dissipate, the mold and mildew may still be there. On a front load washer, most of the air is trapped when the door is closed and odor builds up.

what happens inside the washer:

Each washer has a specific water level which creates a water line inside the tub. Just above that line, water splashes, and dirt or soap residue can stick to the tub. Once it sticks, there is no way for it to get washed off since the basket only tumbles slowly when water is inside. Some will get rinsed off by the splashing of rinse water but often times it sticks and stays. Over time, this area continues to collect more residue, and mold and mildew will start.


Here are a few simple tips to help prevent the mold and mildew from occurring in the first place.
  • Always use high efficiency (HE) detergent and use as little as possible. (One or two tablespoons maximum is recommended by most manufacturers). Detergents also come concentrated: 2x, 3x, 4x, we’ve even seen up to 8x. In those cases a teaspoon or less is all that’s needed.
  • Use the ‘clean washer’ option with the appropriate cleaner on a regular basis. When you run a cleaning cycle, the basket will spin at high speed, with water in the tub, forcing water to clean the entire inside of the tub.


With proper care of your washer, mold and mildew will be nothing but a worry of the past!

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