One of my most visited cleaning posts is this one on how to clean a top load washing machine. I’m often asked how to clean a front load washing machine but up until our recent move to England we had never had one so I had no chance to try various methods and report back on the best way. Luckily (or unluckily depending on how you look at it) I was given the chance to clean our machine as soon as we arrived-look at the condition I found it in!
Gross right? It’s SO important to clean your washing machine!! Not only were our clothes being rinsed with dirty, moldy water but my husband and sons are allergic to mold and were wearing clothes being washed in it!
The first thing I did was grab the bleach-with mold build up this bad there was no other option. Soak some white towels in a 50:50 mixture of bleach and warm water and let it sit on the mold for an hour or so. Then wipe out the gaskets-they should wipe clean at this point. Throw the dirty bleach soaked towels in the drum and run a wash cycle on the hottest cycle you have-usually the whites cycle.
Pour two cups of vinegar into the drum and run another hot cycle. Next wipe the machine’s exterior with a 50:50 mix of white vinegar and water. Remove that detergent tray if possible and clean with hot water and vinegar as well.
(Sorry for the grainy picture-it was a dark rainy day…we get those from time to time here in England!)
Your machine should be sparkling! To prevent future mold buildup leave the machine door and detergent tray open after washing and get in the habit of checking the gasket after you run a cycle and wiping it out with a spare towel. (I often find treasures like legos and coins in mine!)
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