How To Clean Your Washing Machine Like A Pro

Learn how to clean your front and top loader like a Pro. You’ll love these tips and tricks and they’ll save you lots of money!

Washing Machine

There’s lots of reasons why you should keep your Washing Machine tip top! You may have noticed that your Machine has a musty, almost stinky smell about it. This is a result of water and detergent residue, combined with machine build up.

If you want a superior clean, and your clothing to smell fresh, you need to keep the maintenance up. You can use natural productssuch as Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, and Vinegar to name a few. We’ve included tips and tutorials on how to clean a top loader, a front loader and also an HE (High Efficiency) Washing Machine. You’ll also find a short video on how to spring clean your washing machine and dryer. Be sure that you scroll our page all the way to the end so you don’t miss a great idea.

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How to remove the stinky smell from washing machine in 3 easy steps

Ingredients To Clean Washing Machine

How to clean your washing machine


Cleaning your Washing Machine regularly will make a huge difference to its performance and will extend its life, all with very little effort. You’ll find that a once a month clean will work wonders! Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar to your machine, and run it through a HOT WATER rinse cycle.

To finish up with, use a clean scouring sponge to wipe the mixture around the opening. This will remove any mold spots. To finish, rinse thoroughly with water. You can also clean your Tumble Dryer using the scourer sponge this way.

Maintain your washer

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Clean Your Washing Machine in 3 Easy Steps

  1. First, remove germs and detergent buildup by running an empty load with hot water and 2 cups of chlorine bleach or white vinegar.

  2. In the middle of the wash cycle, add 1/2 cup of detergent. Let the load run the full cycle.

  3. Remove any stains on the washer drum with a soft abrasive cleanser and a sponge.

These simple tips will help you to maintain your washer and ensure your clothes get the best possible clean.

How to clean your washing machine

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How To Clean A Washing Machine

This method of running bleach and vinegar through your washer works well even on an old washer. The blogger had a totally clogged up washer and it was an older one that hadn’t been cleaned for 6 years but this worked a treat! 

How To Clean Top Loader Washer

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How To Clean Top Loader Washing Machine

If you have a Top Load Washer try this quick and easy method using a quart of Bleach and a quart of White Vinegar. Start by filling your washer with hot water, add the bleach and agitate it briefly then leave for an hour before finishing the wash cycle. Repeat the same steps using the vinegar.  You’ll only need to deep clean this way every 3 months. 

How to keep your front-loader free of mold and mildew

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How To Clean Front Loader Washing Machine

Keep your front-loader free of mold and mildew with these handy tips. They include how to keep the Door Seal clean and dry, plus the easiest way to clean the dispenser. Again you can use plain old white Vinegar to clean the drawer rather than buying a Mildew Cleaner.

How To Clean Washer And Dryer Video 

We’ve found this very informative video which shows you how to spring clean your washer and dryer. Click Play above to watch ⇑

Cleaning your Front Loading Washing Machine using the White Vinegar and Baking Soda recipe shown above with a scourer sponge will save you lots of time and dollars, plus it’s eco friendly! Front Loaders are a very popular choice with consumers as they’re more energy efficient and use less detergent than top loaders.

How To Clean A Front Load He Washing Machine

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How To Clean a High Efficiency Washing Machine -:

If you have a HE (High Efficiency) Washing Machine you’ll know that they can have a mold problem. It’s very easy to prevent this occurring – simply clean your whites by running your machine on the Sanitary cycle with a bit of bleach once a week. If you prefer not to use bleach try making your own cleaner using 2 cups of Vinegar and 1 cup of Baking Soda. Pour the vinegar into the detergent compartment and the baking soda into the washer drum then use your machine’s hottest water setting.

How Often To Clean Everything

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How Often You Should Wash Everything

Check out this handy infographic on how often you should wash your stuff and the best way do it – we think you’ll be surprised by some of the recommendations. Did you know that bed sheets should be washed once a week to avoid dust mites which can trigger asthma and other health problems?  Mattresses should be washed every 6 months. If you’re washing your favorite jeans after every wear you’re actually shortening their life and causing shrinkage.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent - Borax Free

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Now you can make your own Liquid Laundry Soap with just 3 simple ingredients and Essential Oil. It works brilliantly, smells amazing and even better – it’s Borax Free! You can make it in minutes and it will work well in HE Washers too. All you need is Baking Soda, Salt, Castile Soap and Lavender (or favorite) Essential Oil

How to clean and wash stuffed animals

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The little ones love their stuffed toys and animals but they can get very grubby (not to mention unhygienic) with all that love! You can clean and wash them in your washing machine with very little effort. All you need is a mesh washing bag and a mild laundry detergent. Pop the toy in the bag and run through the delicate cycle on the machine using cold water. If you don’t have a mesh bag a pillowcase will do. You’ll need to check the toys for any loose bits like buttons or ribbons before you pop them in. It’s also recommended that you sew up any small rips or tears first so no stuffing is lost. 

Use a ladder as a laundry drying rack

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If you’re a little short of space in your laundry you’ll love this clever idea and it will cost you next to nothing. Hang a ladder from the ceiling and use it as a drying rack.

How to clean your top loader

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Here’s another way to deep clean your Top Loader using a Vinegar and Bleach Mix. This recipe uses a ratio of 1 quart Bleach to 1 quart plus an extra cup of Vinegar.  The cup of vinegar is mixed with hot water and used to wipe down the exterior of your machine, including all the knobs. Then clean under the lid with the same mix – cotton swabs will make it easier to get into those hard to clean areas. Don’t miss the Fabric Softener Dispense, that can get very grubby! Finish off by using the quart of Bleach on the hottest longest cycle, leave for an hour then repeat with the Vinegar. If you have hard water in your area you’ll need to do this monthly rather than three monthly.

Keep your towels fluffy and super absorbent

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Keep your towels fluffy and super absorbent with this simple tip – just add a cupful of white vinegar to the wash cycle. You won’t need to buy Fabric Conditioner!

DIY Laundry Basket Organiser

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You’ll be so organized with this DIY Laundry Basket Organiser. All you need are some inexpensive plastic laundry baskets, some labels for sorting your laundry types and a basic wooden cupboard frame with little ledges for the baskets to slide in and out.

Use a hanging rail and coat hangers for ironing

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Ironing is usually our least favorite job but you can make it easier with a bit of organization. Simply attach a rail above your laundry bench area and use wooden coat hangers to hang up your clothes. You can sort, fold and hang up as you iron.

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