How to Clean your Washing Machine

how-to-clean-your-washing-machine

Hi there Somewhat Simple readers!  I am so excited to be here with you today.  I am Anna of Ask Anna, I’m a new contributor to Somewhat Simple, and I’m excited to start sharing cleaning and organizing tips with you ever month.  Today, I’m going to share one of my most popular posts, and one of Stephanie’s favorites: How to Clean your Washing Machine.  So here we go…

how_to_clean_your_washing_machine_2

When I first wrote this post back in February my washing machine was in desperate need of a good cleaning, just look at that picture ^^^ (ewww!)

how_to_clean_your_washing_machine_3

Fill the washing machine up and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar.

Let it set for 1 hour, then start the washing machine over again and let it run through a complete cycle.

When the machine drains if it still has grime on it, use a sponge and some straight white vinegar and scrub it down really well.

how_to_clean_your_washing_machine_04

(Look at how much better that is!)

Fill washing machine up again and pour in 2 cups of bleach.  Let it soak for 1 hour.

how_to_clean_your_washing_machine_0

Meanwhile, use Q-Tips to detail all the nooks and crannies.  My washer hadn’t been cleaned since my dad bought it 15+ years ago so it needed a good detailing!  Don’t forget to clean the knobs and the lid too.

Restart the washing machine and let it run through a complete cycle.

Once the cycle has finished you are done; your washing machine will be clean and shiny!

how_to_clean_your_washing_machine_08

If you have a front-loading machine, don’t worry, you can use these same steps to clean your washing machine but with a few modifications:

  • Instead of putting the vinegar and bleach (at separate times!) directly in the tub and then letting them soak for an hour, you will put each ingredient {at the appropriate step} in the detergent dispenser and run the machine through a complete cycle.

how_to_clean_your_washing_machine_009

I think the pictures speak for themselves, isn’t the transformation amazing!?  I definitely won’t be waiting another 15+ years to do this again.  I recommend cleaning your washing machine at least once a year, it’s a great task to add to your Spring Cleaning list!

*This post needs some clarification as there are TONS of comments about the dangers of mixing vinegar and bleach. Yes, mixing the two of these causes toxic fumes, but read this tutorial again and see that you are not mixing these two liquids together. Vinegar is used in one step and a washing cycle is run and then beach is used in the next step. No lungs will be harmed in this process! :)

About Todays Post

This post was written by a guest on Somewhat Simple. If you have any questions regarding the content of this post, please contact the author directly.

Comments

  1. Is there a tip u can give me oh how to clean the dryer. I accidently left a pen or marker in one of my pockets and started my dryer, now there black marks all around the dryer inside :( how can i get rid of them? Thanks

    216
    • Carol O. says:

      You can clean out the black marks with alcohol if it is from a Sharpie. If it is not from a sharpie, you SHOULD be able to clean the drum with vinegar and water.

      217
  2. Wow, what a difference that made. I have an old washer too, I think I will try this. Thanks for the tip.

    218
  3. Coach Val Rocks says:

    Love this idea and thanks. I will try it later on in towards the winter time as we are having a massive drought right now here in So. Cal. I sure would hope that people are waiting to try this as we are quickly running out of water!! This is a serious situation right now!

    219
  4. to get it really clean, you need to take it apart. you would not believe what is behind the tub. it is really nasty.

    220
  5. I put half a cup of vinegar in every final cycle of my washing, it softens the clothes, rinses the last vestiges of soap from them and cleans the machine at the same time.

    221

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Every time I do laundry, I think about this awesome tutorial on how to clean your washing machine. [...]

  2. 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You - EyeOnCelebs says:

    [...] page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing [...]

  3. I am the Witty Octopus » [Viral] 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You says:

    [...] page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing [...]

  4. Buzzfeed- 33 ingenious ways to hack your household cleaning schedule - Digital Media Strategy Magazine says:

    [...] This page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine. Source: somewhatsimple.com [...]

  5. [...] page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine. [...]

  6. [...] thought we had, and once since we’ve been here. So today I will be trying a different method to cleaning my washing machine. Last week, I believe it was, we had cleaned the washer with CLR. This advice came from a fellow [...]

  7. Houston Professional Maids :: 33 Super Cleaning Tips says:

    [...] This page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine. Source: somewhatsimple.com [...]

  8. [...] This page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine. [...]

  9. [...] is often forgotten in the standard cleaning routine.  Be sure not to forget about cleaning yours {using these tips!} in your spring cleaning routine [...]

  10. [...] Click here to get your Clean Washing Machine Tips from Somewhat Simple. [...]

  11. [...] mikrovågsugn, fula trädgårdsstolar till att ha under renoveringen, en korg och en brödkniv. Vi gjorde rent tvättmaskinen i huset (en deciliter vinäger, högsta möjliga temperatur [...]

  12. […] This page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine. […]

  13. 10 Simple Cleaning Tips For Your Home | Livin' The Mom Life says:

    […] Clean Your Clothes Washer— Same rule applies as above. Clothes washers tend to get pretty dirty (especially in my house with 2 boys and a husband) so I try to do this every 1-2 months. It is really so easy, it isn’t hard to keep up with. And we get cleaner clothes! […]

  14. […] How to Clean Your Washing Machine […]

  15. 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You | Silicon Valley Realty Inc says:

    […] This page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine. […]

  16. […] Even your washing machine needs a cleaning. Click here for […]

  17. […] even things that clean need to be cleaned. Click here for […]

  18. […] This page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine. […]

  19. Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You | says:

    […] page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing […]

  20. […] somewhatsimple.com […]

  21. […] more musty washer!  De-gunk your washing machine with vinegar, bleach and two cycles of empty […]

Add Your Comment

*