Here is the easiest way to clean your washer …all it takes is ONE ingredient and a few minutes to leave your washer smelling squeaky clean.
If you guessed that the secret ingredient is vinegar, you’re right! Vinegar really does clean anything! Not only do I use it to clean my washing machine, but I also use it to clean my floors, bathrooms, windows, kitchen and more.
Twice a year, I go on a big cleaning streak. It’s usually some time during the summer and then once again in the New Year. During that time, EVERYTHING gets cleaned. We’re talking everything from top to bottom. Closets get cleaned, baseboards are scrubbed, vents are switched out and anything else I can think of. Cleaning my washer is definitely on the list too. Because let’s face it…sometimes even the washer needs a good cleaning!
How to clean washing machine with vinegar
Older top loading washing machine:
Set on the longest setting, fill with HOT water and then add 3 cups of distilled vinegar (don’t add anything else). Let sit for 30 minutes and then let it run it’s cycle.
Newer top loading washing machine:
Turn to the clean setting and then add 2 cups of vinegar to the dispenser (don’t add anything else). Then let it run it’s cycle.
Front loading washing machine:
Select the hot water setting/largest load and then add 1 to 2 cups of vinegar to the dispenser (or until full). Then let is run it’s cycle. Wipe down the drum and seal afterwards.
Easy peasy! After the water has all drained, make sure to give your machine a big scrub (maybe even pull out the handy dandy tooth brush) and it will look good as new. Clean your washing machine with vinegar every few months, or as needed.
Remove mildew from clothes
Vinegar also works wonders on laundry, too! If you’ve got towels (or swim clothes) that smell like mildew, place 1 cup of vinegar in the wash and do a cycle with HOT water. If they’re really bad, they may need 2 cycles. Then place them in the dryer on a high heat setting with a dryer sheet and that will leave them smelling nice and clean!
More tips for keeping your washer clean
Now how do you keep it clean longer? Make sure to:
- Leave the door open after you run a cycle for at least an hour. This will allow the water to evaporate and not let water get trapped in there.
- Clean the detergent tray so that there’s no buildup or grime on it. You can also leave the tray halfway open so it has time to dry out.
- Run a baking soda cycle after the vinegar cycle. Set on the longest setting, fill with HOT water and then add 1/2 cup baking soda. Then let run it’s full cycle.