How to Clean Your Laundry Machine

How to Clean Your Laundry Machine 

Have you noticed a nasty odor lingering in your laundry machine? If so, it’s time to give it a good clean.

Over time, bacteria and grime builds up in the machine. Not only does this cause unpleasant odors, but it also means your clothing won’t be fully clean when it is washed. This means you need to regularly clean your laundry machine if you want to ensure it continues to run effectively.

Here, you’ll discover how to clean your laundry machine naturally to keep it smelling and performing like new.

What will I need?

The best natural solution for cleaning a laundry machine is vinegar and baking soda. You can use this remedy in both front and top-loading machines. However, the process will be a little different. For both methods, you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Distilled vinegar 
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Spray bottle

Now you have your supplies, let’s get started. Follow the applicable method below to effectively clean any laundry machine naturally. 

How to clean a front-loading washing machine

If you have a front-loading machine, you will want to start by cleaning the seal around the drum. This area commonly experiences a build-up of grime, mold, and mildew. Let’s go over how to clean a front-loading washing machine step by step…

Step 1: Clean the seal

To clean the seal, you will need to use a bowl of vinegar and a sponge. For tough mildew stains, cover them with vinegar and leave for up to 20 minutes. When you are ready, dip the sponge in the bowl of vinegar and wipe over the rubber seal of the door to remove all built-up grime. You can use your toothbrush to remove stubborn patches of mildew if needed. 

Step 2: Clean the drum

Pour two cups of vinegar into the drum, closing the door to leave it to soak for a while. If there is any build-up of grime in the drum, add an extra half a cup of vinegar to remove it. 

Step 3: Clean the detergent well

Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with ¼ cup of water. Now, pour it into the detergent well. Make sure you place it in in all of the wells so that they are all cleaned together. Place your detergent into the correct drawer.

Step 4: Run a hot water cycle

Set the temperature of the machine to the hottest setting. Now, run a hot water cycle that you would typically use for your laundry. 

Step 5: Finish cleaning the drum 

Once the cycle has finished, finish cleaning the drum by wiping it over with a cleaning rag. 

By following these steps, you’ll give your machine a thorough clean. You won’t have to do it again for another month. 

How to clean a top-loading washing machine 

If you have a top-loading washing machine, the process will be a little different. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Fill the washer

Put your laundry machine of the highest load setting, and make sure it is on its hottest setting too. Keeping the lid open, select start so that water starts to fill the drum. 

Step 2: Add vinegar and baking soda to the drum

While the drum is filling with water, add 4 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda. You will notice it starts to react to the vinegar, creating a fizzling noise. This is completely normal and means it is getting to work cleaning the drum. 

Step 3: Start and pause the cycle

With the vinegar and baking soda in the drum, close the lid for around one minute. This will start the cycle briefly, agitating the mixture. After a minute, lift up the lid and leave it to soak for around an hour. 

Step 4: Cleaning the detergent well

Take a toothbrush and dip it into the vinegar and baking soda mixture. Now, use it to gently scrub the detergent well of the machine. Scrub all of the wells to remove any grime and dirt. Then, wipe away the grime with a cloth. 

Step 5: Complete the cycle

Close the lid of your machine to re-start the wash cycle. Now, let it run completely and wait for it to finish. 

Step 6: Finish cleaning the drum 

Once the machine has finished, use a clean rag to wipe the side and bottom of the drum. This will remove any left-over residue. 

If you follow these steps, you’ll be able to keep your laundry machine clean and fresh all year round. Remember to repeat this process every month for best results. 


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