How to Clean Out a Washing Machine

Do you know how to clean out a washing machine? Did you even realize that your washing machine needs to be cleaned?

It’s easy to forget that your washing machine needs a good cleaning every now and then. After all, it’s designed to clean clothes, shouldn’t it keep itself clean too? The short answer is no. Over time, mold, bacteria, and lint can build up in the little nooks and crannies of your washing machine. This can cause your machine to smell bad and may even cause your clothes to stink. To prevent that from happening, here are 6 steps you can take to clean out a washing machine in your home.

  1. Clean the Gaskets and Door Seals
    Soak some clean towels or rags with either hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar and pack them around any rubber gaskets or door seals. Let the towels sit for about an hour to loosen up any mold or grime and really disinfect the area. After an hour, remove the rags and use a toothbrush or sponge to scrape away any remaining residue. Then wipe it all down with a clean, dry soft cloth.
  2. Turn Your Attention to the Wash Tub
    Once the door seals are clean, start a wash cycle using the settings for the hottest temperature water, the largest load size, and the longest wash time. If you have a top-loading washer, add ½ cup of baking soda and 1 liter of vinegar as the tub is filling. For a front-loading machine, add the vinegar to the detergent dispenser and the baking soda to the fabric softener dispenser, and begin the wash cycle.
  3. Let it Soak
    If you have a top-loading washer, let the machine agitate for 1 to 2 minutes, then open the lid so it stops. Let it soak for an hour before closing the lid and letting the cycle finish. If you have a front-loader, then just let it run through the cycle without soaking.
  4. Clean the Outside
    While the cycle runs, wipe down the outside of the machine with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Be sure to clean the back of the machine where dust and dirt collects. And while you’re back there, check the water hoses for bulges or leaks.
  5. Run a Second Cycle
    When the first cycle ends, run another cycle with just hot water. Once the second cycle is finished, leave the washing machine door open to allow the inside to dry and to prevent mildew growth.
  6. Don’t Forget the Details
    Before you can consider your washing machine to be completely clean, you’ll need to take care of a few final details. Take your vinegar-soaked towel and wipe down the inside of the lid or door. Use an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar or peroxide to scrub rim of the tub. If your machine has an agitator, then wipe that down as well. Finally, clean out your washer’s lint trap. This is something you should be doing it regularly anyway. If you don’t know where your washing machine’s lint trap is located, then check the owner’s manual.

If your washer gets heavy use, then you should run through this cleaning cycle once or twice a month to keep it clean and in tip-top shape. Some of today’s washers have a self-cleaning cycle, which may help reduce how often you need to run through this deep-clean ritual, but nothing will replace good old elbow grease when it comes time to clean out a washing machine.

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Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.