One thing you should know before bringing home your new and highly-efficient front-load washer is that this is not your mother’s machine. Your old habits have to change if you are to get the most out of your purchase. Front-loading washers are different in almost every way from your trusty old top-load.
We scoured various sources for tips and tricks from industry experts and front-load washer owners. Read our list of front-load washer tips and tricks and save yourself time and money as you level the legs and put in your first load.
Always Use High Efficiency Detergent
High efficiency detergent is specially formulated for use in front load washers. Manufacturers will routinely recommend using only this type of soap in their machines because it is concentrated and produces less suds.
Regularly Incorporate a Hot Water Wash
Cold-water washing is fantastic for conserving energy, but it can add to the buildup of residue in various parts of your machine. Front-load washer users report that an occasional hot water wash can blast away some of the leftover soap and grime.
Leave the Dispenser Drawer out When not in Use
Many people recommend leaving the dispenser drawer out when not in use. Front-load washer users have reported the formation of mold in their detergent compartments if they are allowed to stay wet.
Leave the Door Open When not in Use
These washers are notorious for putting off an unpleasant scent. This can be the result of the formation of mold around door seals designed to keep water from leaking out during each cycle. If keeping the door open does not help dry things out and prevent mold, there may be other sources behind the smell in your washer.
Regularly Run the Machine Cleaning Cycle
Run the cleaning cycle at least as often as the manufacturer suggests to prevent potential problems with mold or mildew. Some front-loading washer users report success with adding commercial products like Affresh and Smelly Washer, which are soaps designed specifically to keep mold and mildew from forming on the inner workings of your front load washer.
Plan for Efficiency
Front-load wash cycles tend to be longer than top-load cycles. Using so much less water means it may take a little more time to get things clean. Don’t lament the loss of time, however. The higher spin speeds can lead to shorter drying times because they leave less water in the clothing than the slower speeds of traditional washers.
Inspect Basket after Each Cycle
With high spin speeds, smaller items like socks can easily become stuck to a front load washer’s basket in inconspicuous places. Front-loading washers need to be completely empty after each cycle. Neglecting this step could result in yet another source for potential mold. It will also leave the wayward sock smelling foul.