Lately, I’ve started to notice a not so subtle white film starting to appear on the door of the HE washer.    Having an idea of what it is but not quite sure how to really get rid  of it, I let it stay and continue to build up.  When it turned into this (see pics below) I decided it was time to take action.


Ick right?


It’s kind of hard to see but its on the outer ring on the glass portion of the door.


One last grungy pic. *shudders*

So besides doing the obvious – cleaning it, I took the time to do a quick Google search.  Apparently its laundry detergent residue.  And its totally natural for this to occur.

Common causes of residue build up: too much detergent, constant cold water washing, use of non-HE detergent to name a few.  While being guilty of using non HE detergent from time to time, I always make my final wash of the day a load of towels using HE detergent on the EXTRA HOT setting.

Suggested ways to help get rid of the residue – run a hot wash cycle with a HE cleaning product.   Wait, what? You want me to wash soap with more soap?   Not being happy with that answer nor being willing to fall victim to some marketing ploy, I decided to look for alternate solutions.

You could run 3-4 empty hot wash cycles with vinegar, then bleach, then nothing to give the machine a good rinsing. Waste of water and electricity if you ask me.

None of these seemed ideal for me. I mean my machine doesn’t have an odd ‘odour’ as mentioned while Googling.  And my clothes didn’t come out with any funky or musty smells. Another tip for those of you that do have a problem with the smell:  after your last load, leave the door to the washer open for at least 24hrs so it can dry out.  Same thing with the lil laundry compartment door.

Instead, what I chose to do was give the glass portion of the door as well as the rubber seal (and underneath the rim) a good wiping with straight vinegar while also inspecting under the rubber rim for foreign objects and mold.  Both of which I am happy to report that I had neither.  Not impressed with the results, I gave it another go with MUCH more (and very unmentioned) elbow grease.  Still wasn’t happy.  I decided to bust out my method all purpose spray cleaner – great for cutting grease & grime – and voila!   We had a clean glass door and a very clean smelling washing machine.

Look at how clean that puppy is!


Seriously shiny!

I think the next time the door starts to show any film/residue build up,  I’m going to just give it a quick wipe down with the method all purpose spray cleaner.   Much easier and my that makes me a happier gal 🙂

Has anyone else ever experienced this film/residue issue with their HE washer? How often do you clean your washing machine?