If you have an HE front loading washing machine you probably know that they can get the worst musty, stinky smell coming from them. You would think for such an expensive and high tech looking machine this wouldn’t happen, but it does and it is super gross.
If it wasn’t for my mom, I would have had no clue how to wash them out and get rid of the musty smell. About once a month this stinky smell comes back and I have to follow these few steps to get it smelling normal again.
Step 1: Cleaning out the detergent tray. Usually mine is clean already, but there has been times where I have taken out the individual trays and found soap scum buildup. It will be different on every machine but hopefully there is an option to remove the individual detergent and fabric softener trays to clean underneath them.
Step 2: Cleaning out the rubber seal. If you open the door to your washing machine you should see a rubber seal around the inside. You can pull back the front of the rubber seal like I am doing in picture 2 above and I can almost guarantee that it will be nasty. Even with cleaning my machine once a month it gets so nasty in there. I usually take a sponge, stick it down in between that gap, and run it around the entire seal. I do this a couple of times until it looks clean in there. If the sponge can’t get it all I use a thin towel to get into the smaller spaces.
Step 3: Draining the water and cleaning the filter (I do not know the technical terms for these parts haha!). This is the step that many people skip or just don’t know about. For this step you will need a large bowl (maybe 2) and a towel. Down at the bottom of your washer there should be a small door, open that door and you should see something similar to what is in picture 4 above.
Pull the tube out, hold it over your bowl, and unplug the cap on the end of it. Water should come pouring out of the tube and into your bowl. This water is stinky and dirty and nasty so make sure you have a towel handy. I usually spread one towel out underneath the bowl and keep another one handy.
After all of the water has drained, put the cap back on the tube, and place it back where it goes. Then twist and pull out the plug looking thing on the right (I warned you that I don’t know the technical terms!). This is a filter of some sort and it tends to collect hair, sand, and whatever else you put into your washer that doesn’t belong there. Take it to the sink, give it a good cleaning, and replace it.
Step 4: Run a tub cleaning cycle with equal parts vinegar and water in the detergent tray.
After all of this hard work on your fancy washing machine it should finally be clean and smell significantly better. Now, where I can I get me a washer that cleans clothes AND cleans itself 😉