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How to Clean a Washing Machine in 5 Easy Steps

Do you want a clean washing machine? Do you feel like your washing machine smells? I am so embarrassed to say that mine did and I wasn’t sure how to fix it. I did a bunch of research and figured out how to clean a front loading washing machine. Turns out it is really easy to do! So, don’t be embarrassed like me, just follow these simple steps to clean your washer and feel good about using your machine again. Learn how to clean a washing machine with bleach, vinegar, baking soda and water. So easy you will wonder why you haven’t started cleaning it earlier.

Wondering how to clean your washer? Does your Front Loading Washing machine smell or have mold? Follow these five easy steps using vinegar, baking soda and bleach. You will be amazed at how quick and easy it is!

How to Clean Washing Machine in 5 Easy Steps


What You Will Need

  • 2 cups vinegar
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cups bleach
  • Clean rag and small scrub brush
  • Bucket with warm water and dish soap

Step 1

First, use a rag and some warm water to wipe down the door to your washer. Then scrub and wipe down the inside of the washer seal. You will be amazed at how much gunk/mold you will find on the door and between the seal and the washer.

Cleaning the Door of your Front Load Washer
Don’t forget to clean the door of your Washer. Here is how dirty mine was.
Use a small scrub brush to clean the rubber seal.
Use a small scrub brush to clean the rubber seal.
Don't forget to pull back the Washer Rubber Seal and clean it.
Don’t forget to pull back the Washer Rubber Seal and clean it.

Step 2 –

Next, create your baking soda mixture for the first cleaning. Do this by combining ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water together in a measuring cup or small bowl. Separately, add 2 cups of vinegar into a measuring cup. Now go to your washing machine and add the baking soda mixture to your soap dispenser and pour the vinegar into the drum of the machine. Yes, I know it sounds odd to pour liquid into the drum of the machine but it works. Last, set your machine to normal and the hottest setting or if you have a clean washer cycle, use that. This step will help break up any mineral deposits and mold growing inside the tub.

What you need to make the paste and the measuring cup of vinegar.
What you need to make detergent and the measuring cup of vinegar.

Add your baking soda mixture to your washers soap dispenser.
Add your baking soda mixture to your washers soap dispenser.

Step 3 –

I really wanted to make sure I killed any mold so I did an extra step of running a cycle with Bleach. If you are already taking the time to clean your washer, you might as well take this extra step and finish killing off any mold that might spread. So, bleach is the way to go. To do this, pour two cups of bleach into the soap dispenser and run the washing machine on the same hot water settings as before.

Step 4 –

When the bleach cycle is done run a final rinse only cycle just to make sure all the bleach is gone and you won’t ruin any of your clothes.

Step 5 –

Wipe down the washer’s seal again one more time with a rag and warm water to get out any mold that is left. I would also do one more quick wipe down of the inside drum and the door to the washer. After this, the washer should no longer have a smell and you should have a clean washing machine ready to use.

After following these steps you will have a clean washing machine.
After following these steps you will have a clean washing machine.


Additional Tips for a Clean Washing Machine

  1. After you run a load of laundry, leave the door open to let it dry out after every wash.
  2. Remove laundry right away after it is washed to keep mold from building up.
  3. Wipe down the rubber seal after each time you use it. You might even find little treasures that have fallen out of pockets in the wash.
  4. Try to clean out your washer once a month to maintain a clean, odor free washer.

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Wondering how to clean your washer? Does your Front Loading Washing machine smell or have mold? Follow these five easy steps using vinegar, baking soda and bleach. You will be amazed at how quick and easy it is!How to clean a washing machine in 5 easy steps. Get the smell and mold out of your front load washer with a mixture of bleach, vinegar and baking soda. Save money and clean your washer yourself!

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