How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

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We have a very small house with a very small bathroom. The bathroom happens to be where our laundry area is. Because the bathroom is small, we only have room for a washing machine and not a dryer. While I do hang laundry in front of the wood stove and outside on the line on nice days, there are just some days you need to have a dryer. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

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How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

We considered getting a stacking washer and dryer so we could fit two in one space but we have nowhere for the dryer to vent easily and didn’t want to spend lots of money on a remodel on the bathroom. Our solution was the LG All In One Front Loading Washing Machine. If you’re not familiar with it, it does the washing and the drying in one unit and needs no venting.

This was not only my first front loading washing machine but my first all in one washing machine. To keep it running efficiently, the first thing I needed to learn was how to clean a front loading washing machine.

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Front loading washing machines use much less water than traditional washing machines. In a front loader, the bottom part of the drum is filled with water and the washing machine uses gravity and the tub’s rotation to move the clothes through the water. The clothes don’t need to be surrounded by water all the time which is why it can use less water. Because it uses less water, you also need to use less laundry detergent.

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Keeping your front loading washing machine clean is important to stop the growth of mold and mildew. Learning how to clean a front loading washing machine is as simple as following these steps.

  • Always use a detergent that’s made from a high-efficiency washing machine. It will say HE on the front. These detergents produce less suds and over time that is very important to keep your front loading washing machine running well. Too much suds can leave a film on the drum and hoses which is a hot spot for mold and mildew to grow.
  • Use less fabric softener (or none at all) and bleach for the same reasons. Less water means that you need much less fabric softener and bleach.

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

  • Clean out the rubber seal near the door regularly. To keep your front loading washing machine from leaking, it must be able to form a tight seal around the door. Clean both the rubber gasket and the area on the door that it connects with. Just use a bit of vinegar and water on a damp washcloth to keep it clean. A Q-tip will let you get into small areas.
  • You can also wipe down the inside of the washer drum with vinegar and water to help keep down odors.

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

  • Once a month, you can run a mixture of baking soda and vinegar through a wash cycle. Put the vinegar in the laundry detergent dispenser and put a cup of baking soda in the wash drum. Use the hottest cycle you have and follow up with an extra rinse. If you have a mildew smell in the washer drum, you can substitute bleach for the baking soda and vinegar and put it in the laundry detergent dispenser. Do NOT mix bleach and vinegar.
How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

Drain pump filter

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

Filter after 1 week (7 loads)

 

  • Clean the drain pump filter out once a month. Removing any hair or lint from the filter will allow water to be removed more efficiently from the washing machine which will mean your clothes dry better. Put down a towel first because no matter how much I drain it using the little tube, there is always water left over that makes a mess.
How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

Before

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

Remove the tray entirely

 

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

After a lot of scrubbing

 

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

After

  • Remove the laundry detergent dispenser and clean thoroughly. We have hard water and ours is discolored because of build up. You can soak in bleach and scrub with a Magic Eraser to help clean this. On the LG All  in one, press the button on the dispenser and remove the entire tray. Take out the individual dispensers and clean them and then put them back.
How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

After 1 load of laundry through the washer & dryer

 

 

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

Remember between the gasket too

 

 

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

After

 

  • The LG All in One has an area around the washing machine drum that collects lint, This must be cleaned out regularly or your clothes don’t come clean or dry as well. Remove any large pieces by hand and then follow with a damp cloth or toothbrush dipped in vinegar and water to remove any residue.

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine LG All In One

Taking just a few minutes a week to really clean your front loading washing machine well will help keep it in good condition for a long time. I know they make expensive washing machine cleaners, but you really don’t need more than bleach or vinegar and water to do a good job.

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Comments

  1. tammileetips says
    I had no idea that there was an all in one machine like this now!! That would be perfect for us as well due to size issue.  I hope we can find these when we need to replace our set. 
  2. Nancy Lustri says
    How cool is that! I didn't even know they had an all-in-one washer/dryer. After seeing this post, I am going to go check and see if it needs a cleaning. I love the great tips! Especially cleaning between the gaskets. I've never even checked mine and I've had my washer for 5-years! Thanks! :)
  3. Thanks for the tips. I have to admit I have never cleaned my front loading washing machine. I'm going to make a baking soda and vinegar cycle right now.
  4. Amy Desrosiers says
    I have always wanted to watch a front loading washer wash clothing! I was just telling this to my husband as we walked past similar front loaders at Home Depot last night. Great tips! 
  5. These tips are great. I didn't realize that I could get by with less fabric softener.
  6. STEELE HONDA says
    Thank you for explaining how to clean a front loading washing machine. I really liked how you suggested to run a mixture of baking soda and vinegar through the wash cycle. I have used this method before and not only did it get rid of the smell, but it also left my washer cleaner. Hopefully this little method can help others like it did for me. 

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