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How To Clean Your Washing Machine

Washing machines can develop buildup from soap scum and hard-water deposits, and they're vulnerable to mold and mildew, too. Here's how to clean your washing machine so that your laundry comes out cleaner than when you put it in.
Note: This is a general overview of the process, but the steps look slightly different for top loaders and front loaders. For specific instructions for each, see the article above.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Calories
Author Heather Dessinger

Equipment

  • clean cloth

Ingredients

  • white vinegar
  • washing soda or baking soda (oxygen bleach is an optional addition)

Instructions

  • Use vinegar and a clean cloth to clean rubber seals and fabric softener/detergent dispensers.
  • Set your washing machine to the hottest water setting and the largest load capacity and run a load with vinegar (no clothes).
  • Set your washing machine to the hottest water setting and the largest load capacity and run a load with washing soda (and powdered oxygen bleach if desired) or baking soda.
  • When the cycle is done, wipe down the inside washer drum with a clean cloth. If desired, wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth.