We’ve had our current washing machine for several years.  It has never been cleaned.  Yuck, I know.  Today, I decided to clean it – not because it was functioning poorly, but because I’m sure after years of build-up, it needs to be cleaned!

clean your washing machine

Step 1: Fill the washing machine with warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar.  (I do this on the super load size.)  Let it set for 1-2 hours.

clean your washing machine

Step 2: Take a sponge and wipe down the walls and center part of the washing machine.

Step 3: Start the washing machine and let it complete the cycle.

Step 4: Fill washing machine again and pour in 2 cups of bleach, to disinfect.  Let it soak for 1 hour before letting it run through a complete cycle.

clean your washing machine

Once the cycle has finished, it should be nice and shiny!

 *DO NOT mix vinegar and bleach.  You MUST make sure you are doing each step separately, to prevent toxic fumes. 


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  1. vivek singh Reply

    Great tips of cleaning a washing machine. Most of us don’t know how to clean a washing machine. I am using washing machine from last 3 years but i don’t know how exactly we can wash it. So that we can run it for longer period of time.

  2. Paula McNeely Reply

    I can’t use clorox due to allergies. Is there anything else I can use? thx

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