6 ways to cleaning a washing machine
I know this post is about getting a clean washing much BUT I am absolutely NOT game to show you a photo of mine in its current state. My washing machine resides under our house and is therefore exposed to more dust and dirt than normal because underneath our house is not entirely closed in. In my search to figure out how to get a sparkly clean washing machine, one which I have not had in some time, I’ve found some great tips for cleaning a front loading washing machine and top loading washing machine.
How to clean a washing machine with Vinegar & Bicarb Soda
This seems to be quite a common and popular method to get a clean washing machine and one which I have used and have found quite effective.
For a top loader, add 2 tablespoons of bi-carb soda in washing machine and 1/2 cup of vinegar to the bowl and run on your longest and hottest setting. If you have a front loader, add the bi-carb soda into the powder dispenser and add the vinegar to the tub. If there’s visible mould, it’s good to apply vinegar to a cloth and try to wipe it off.
How to clean a washing machine with Vinegar and Bleach
Before I explain this one I want to point out that you should NEVER mix vinegar and bleach together due to the risk of creating toxic fumes. It’s important to use these products separately as I will explain.
Add 4 cups of bleach to the tub while hot water is filling. Once filled, agitate for a few minutes and then stop the machine and let it sit for an hour. Once the hour has passed, turn the machine on to complete the cycle. Once empty, add 4 cups of vinegar to the hot water while the machine is filling. As with the bleach, let it agitate for a few minutes and then stop the machine and let the vinegar water sit for an hour. If your machine has liquid softner dispensers that can be removed, you can throw these into the vinegar mix to soak for a few minutes in order to get rid of the soap scum and build up. Once finished, turn on the machine and let it complete the cycle.
Front Loader – For a front loader follow the exact same instructions but with half the bleach and vinegar – 2 cups of each.
How to clean a washing machine with Epsom salts
I’ve never used epsom salts to clean a washing machine but I have seen a number of people recommend it as a washing machine cleaner to remove gunk and build up, so, why not give it a try?
You can use epsom salt in the washing machine for front loaders and top loaders. Simply fill up your machine with hot water and add one cup of epsom salt in the washing machine and 1 litre of white vinegar to the tub. Let your machine agitate for a couple of minutes and then stop the machine and let it soak for about an hour. After an hour, turn the machine back on to finish the cycle.
How to clean a washing machine with Eucalyptus Oil and washing powder
Instead of using vinegar and bi-carb, I saw a suggestion of using vinegar and eucalyptus oil in a front load washing machine or top loader. Add 2 tablespoons of eucalyptus with 2 litres of vinegar to the tub and run on the longest hot wash cycle.
How to clean a washing machine with Clove Oil
Clove oil is great because it actually kills mould spores where other things can simply mask it. You can purchase Clove oil from health food shops and unlike bleach, clove oil does quite well in ensuring mould doesn’t come back. Add about 10 drops of clove oil into the drum and wash on a hot cycle.
How to reduce mould in a washing machine
Wondering how to reduce the build-up of mould? Always leave your washing machine lid/door open after each wash, especially in humid conditions.
Note: Some machines are likely to have a ‘tub clean’ function or similar which you can use when you need to run a cleaning cycle. If your machine doesn’t have a cleaning setting, simply use the longest cycle on hot.
How do you keep a clean washing machine? Do you use vinegar to clean your washing machine?
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