Do I need to run Clean Machine cycle regularly?
I've had an LG FL since December and I haven't run a Clean Machine cycle yet. Is that something I should be doing regularly? Am I asking for trouble by not running it? So far I've had no smell or mold issues. The washer is sparkling clean inside and smells great, no visible deposits, mold or discoloration around the rubber seal. I do 4-6 loads a week, most of them in one day, usually 2-4 warm water washes and 2 sanitary washes, always with Extra Rinse option. I use powder (Sears or Dixan) or liquid detergent (Vaska or Green Works) depending on the load. I use FS (small amounts). Because of the location of my washer in a laundry closet along a passageway to the garage I cannot keep the washer door open at all times but I do wipe off the rubber seal and leave the door and detergent drawer open overnight to dry the washer out before I close it. As I said, I've had no issues so far but after reading so many horror stories I'm concerned that if I wait until a problem develops then it may be too late??? I have to admit that I wasn't as diligent with maintaining my prior washer (Duet Sport) and had some sludgy deposits and black discolorations on the door seal. But my prior washer did not have an on board heater so I couldn't run truly hot washes and I was careless about wiping and drying it. I was also using Tide HE liquid which I have since stopped completely.
So what do you think - do I need to run the Clean Machine?