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How to Clean the interior of your Front Load Washer to remove odors

Have you run a monthly washer maintenance cycle?

Run the Clean Washer cycle every month to maintain washer freshness. This procedure helps keep odors from developing in your washer. The Clean Washer cycle uses higher water volumes in combination with Affresh™ washer cleaner or liquid chlorine bleach to thoroughly clean the inside of the washer.

Unload washer as soon as cycle is complete. Use the FanFresh® option if load cannot be removed immediately after the wash is complete.

Refer to your Use and Care Manual for specific procedures for your washer.

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Have you cleaned the door seal?


Open the washer door and remove any clothing or items from the washer.

Inspect the gray-colored seal between the door opening and the basket for soiled areas. Pull back the seal to inspect all areas under the seal and to check for small items.

For cleaning detergent residue:

Detergent residue may appear as white buildup on the door seal.

Use an all-purpose cleaner that is recommended for appliance use and a sponge, cloth, or nonabrasive plastic scrubbing pad to clean this residue. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for proper use of the cleaner

Wipe area thoroughly with a dry cloth and let the washer interior air dry with the door open.

For cleaning mold and mildew:

Mix a dilute solution, using ¾ cup (177 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach and one gallon (3.8 L) of warm tap water.

Wipe the seal area, including under the seal, using a cloth dampened with the bleach solution.

Let stand for five minutes.

Wipe area thoroughly with a dry cloth and let the washer interior air dry with the door open.