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CGinNoCO

Based on a previous comment, I add Borax to most loads and find that my front loader stays fairly clean. I also clean once a month with bleach. I have a reminder for the first Sunday of every month to clean the dishwasher, clothes washer, jetted bathtub and cat fountains. Now that I have a schedule going, it bothers me to break it.

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Gloria H.

Never had an issue with the first generation of front load washer. My Kenmore Elite in 2003 never had an issue. Fast forward Kenmore Elite 2013 horrible. Have to keep everything opened when done. Door and dispenser. Can’t do laundry during the night as clothing would sit too long. Everything has to be removed immediately when washed and placed in dryer. I don’t know the difference. I am thinking the front seals have changed. Lot of places where water settles. I tried vinegar, hot water, and the specialized washing machine cleaner was the only thing that worked. Now if I remove immediately and open the door and dispenser, it stays nice.

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UPtown Kitchens LLC

I feel that we are leaving out an important step in this. My front loader has a filter and water reservoir on the bottom (usually has a small panel on the front of the washer) which needs to be emptied and cleaned as well. The filter grabs anything such as hair, pet hair and other things from the load along with draining out the water reservoir. Check your manual for this!! This is KEY to having a completely clean and odor free washer. If it’s never been emptied, be prepared for stinky water and possibly a lot of it. I usually use the clean cycle once a month and then drain the machine of all excess water and clean the filter. I love the other recommendations about vinegar - I use this in all other places!!

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