When did you last clean your washing machine?

Clean a washing machine? Doesn’t it clean itself when it cleans the clothes? 


Many people aren’t aware that despite being an appliance that washes things, washing machines also need to be cleaned from time to time!

Country Living said, “Cleaning on the regular will not only keep your clothes cleaner, it will also help your machine be more efficient and effective as well.”

How often does a washing machine need cleaning?

This should be done about every six months, although if you do a lot of laundry you might want to clean it more than that. 

What you need

All you need is vinegar, baking soda, a toothbrush, and microfiber cloths! If you’re into essential oils grab those as well. 

What to do

The specific steps vary a little depending on the type of washing machine you have. 

Overall, you’ll need to start by pouring in baking soda and running the machine on a long, hot water setting. Then let the water fill on the next cycle, add vinegar, and let it sit for about an hour.

Country Living recommended, “While it gets its soak on, clean the rest of the parts of your machine with your cloths and toothbrush and vinegar solution—soap dispenser, agitator, lid, rubber gasket, and other hard-to-reach places!”

Then, do a rinse cycle and wipe it down!

Click the link for more detailed instructions that break down the differences between cleaning a front load and a top load machine. 

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