How to Put Bleach in a Front-loading Washing Machine

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How to Put Bleach in a Front-loading Washing Machine
Avoid using an excessive amount of bleach in your front load washer. (Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Front load washing machines hold several advantages over traditional top loaders. They hold more clothing because there is no agitator and use approximately two-thirds less water. Because front load washing machines use less water, they also use less washing powder and bleach. Adding the proper amount of bleach to a front-loading washer will ensure that the clothes are cleaned properly without being damaged.

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Things you need

  • Rag
  • Soapy dish water

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    Cleaning Clothing

  1. 1

    Locate the bleach dispenser on the unit. For many front-loading washing machines, the bleach dispenser is in the same drawer or compartment that houses the detergent and fabric softener dispensers.

  2. 2

    Pour 1/2 cup of bleach into the bleach dispenser. Adding any more bleach than this will cause damage to the clothing.

  3. 3

    Wash the clothing according to the label's directions.

    Clean the Washer

  1. 1

    Remove the detergent, bleach and fabric softener dispenser drawers completely from the unit.

  2. 2

    Wipe down the drawers with a rag that has been soaked in soapy dishwater.

  3. 3

    Return the dispensers to their original position.

  4. 4

    Add 1/2 cup bleach to the dispenser labelled "Bleach."

  5. 5

    Run the washing machine on a regular cycle with hot water. Do not add clothing to the machine. The bleach will clean out the washing machine and remove any unwanted odours.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid using bleach when laundering spandex, stretch fabrics, wool, silk or satin.

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