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If you're like us, you're always thinking about the things you need to clean next as part of your daily lives; clothes, dishes, floors... but when do we think about taking care of the things that clean for us?  Today we’re getting clean-ceptional and sharing our best tips for getting your washing machine back to its sparkly self this Spring cleaning season, naturally!


Top Loaders:

For top loading washing machines, set your machine to the largest load setting on hot water.  Once full, add 3 to 4 cups of vinegar and allow the machine to agitate for a minute or two to fully disperse the vinegar.  Then add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the water and allow to run for a full cycle!  Deep clean your detergent trays by removing them and scrubbing with a toothbrush (or crevice tool of your choice) and baking soda.  Then finish the outside by wiping the rest of the machine down with a microfiber cloth soaked with vinegar.  Follow up by run the machine on a hot water cycle one more time and wipe down the inside with another rag.  Any residue or buildup will wipe away without resistance!


Front Loaders:

Start by getting in those tricky gaskets that hold onto water with a bit of abrasive baking soda, followed by a vinegar spray.  When it’s good to go, place ⅓ cup of baking soda in the drum, close the door, and run on a hot wash cycle, making sure to pour 2 cups of white vinegar in the detergent tray.  Once the cycle is finished, wipe down the inside and outside with a rag, and voila!  For cleaning the detergent trays, follow the same steps as mentioned for top loaders!


Following Up:

Be sure to keep your washing machine smelling fresh and free of mold by always leaving the door ajar when finished with a load.  Never leave your clothes sitting inside the machine for a prolonged period once finished washing. And finally, be diligent in wiping down the inside and outside of your machine regularly to prevent mold, mildew, and that smell we all loathe!



[Image: Viktor Hanacek]


  • I didn’t know what a gasket was (“Start by getting in those tricky gaskets that hold onto water”) so I went to YouTube. There, my search for “washing machine gasket” brought me to a video from GE that informed me there’s a “Basket Clean” cycle! Who knew??

    Julia Kline
  • I, too, have a problem with the water waste in running an empty machine. I’ve done it a couple of times, but it pains me.

    rhonda cavin
  • For wiping down the machine you should use natural fiber rags instead of microfiber, which contain plastic. Recycle old, natural fiber clothing to make cleaning rags.

    Linda McGregor
  • This is helpful for people who have all the water they want. I would never run any machine without a load of whatever it’s supposed to wash. In my town, where our only water source is overdrawn, we are asked to use only 50 gallons per person per day, and we have to pay a lot more for any usage beyond that. It’s fair, but so painful. What are we to do to keep our beautiful landscaping alive? I save water from showers and the washing machine and use it on our plants, but I’m old as dirt and won’t be able to go on doing this indefinitely. So would never use any water I didn’t just have to!

    Crystal Rose
  • Thank you. Reminders are a good thing.

    Donna Deppisch Bronw

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