How to clean a washing machine


The thing is, soap residue and minerals in commonly use […]

The thing is, soap residue and minerals in commonly used detergents are apt to build up in the washing machine, and over time, you might notice that your clothes just don’t seem to get as clean as they used to. My washer had just started to feel icky. And here I was just thinking that maybe I had been cramming too many garments in the same load and not letting the rinse cycle perform as efficiently.

Cleaning a washing machine starts with just two items:

bleach (many tutorials went without the bleach step, if you’re concerned about using harsh agents in your laundry)

white vinegar
Some of you might be thinking: But wait, isn’t it dangerous to mix bleach and vinegar? The answer is yes, but we will not be mixing the two here.

Cleaning a Washing Machine
Fill the empty washer with hot water, as if you’re doing a large load of laundry.

Add the bleach, and let the full machine run for one minute to mix up the bleach with the water.

Open the top of the machine and let it sit, all bleach-y and full, for an hour.

At the end of the hour, shut the cover and let the machine run a complete cycle. (The water will drain out all the bleach, so it won’t have a chance to mix with the vinegar.)

When it’s done, start again. This time, when you fill the washer with hot water, add the white vinegar to the water and down the bleach channel.

Let the machine run for a minute to agitate the water and vinegar. After that minute, open the top of the machine and again, let the hot water sit in the basin for an hour before you let the cycle complete.

Not only did the process make the basement smell so fresh, there is a big difference in how the inside of the basin felt. Smooth and clean, like after you exfoliate your face, no longer rough to the touch with the hard water spots and soap build-ups. It also only took about two hours and less than $3.