Do you have a smelly washing machine? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone. A dirty or smelly washing machine is a common problem, but it’s also easy to fix. In this blog post, we will teach you how to clean a washing machine. We’ll go over the causes of bad smells in washing machines and show you how to make your own washer cleaner using simple ingredients from your kitchen. Plus, we’ll teach you how to clean every part of your washing machine – from the drum to the exterior casing. Follow our easy DIY washer cleaning guide to keep your washing machine smelling fresh all year long!

Our DIY Guide: How to Clean A Washing Machine

Have you wondered, “Why does my washer stink?” If your washing machine starts to smell bad, it’s probably because it needs to be cleaned. Washing machines can develop smells for many reasons – from soap build-up to mold and mildew growth. But no matter what the cause, there are a few easy steps you can follow to clean your washing machine and get rid of bad smells. Let’s review how to clean a washing machine.

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What is the Best Way to Clean Inside a Washing Machine?

First, let’s talk about how to clean a washing machine itself. You can use a commercial washing machine cleaner or make your own using ingredients from your kitchen.

To make your own washing machine cleaner at home, you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • Soft cloth and sponge

How to Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine

Begin by emptying the washing machine tub. Remove the detergent dispenser or tray, and place them in a sink of warm water to soak.

Next, clean the gasket. The washing machine gasket is the rubber seal between the door and tub. Moisten the soft cloth or sponge with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, and scrub the interior and exterior of the gasket well. Pay special attention to any areas that look moldy or mildewed, as this is a common cause of washing machine smells.

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Once the gasket is cleaned, continue to the next step: clean the washing machine tub with vinegar and baking soda. Mix the baking soda, white vinegar, and water in a bowl. Then, pour the mixture into the detergent compartment of your washing machine. Run your washer on the hot cycle to cleanse the interior of your machine.

While the wash cycle runs, take a moment to clean the outside of the washing machine thoroughly. Dampen the soft cloth with a bit of vinegar and hot water and remove any dust, debris, or stains from the unit.

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Once the cycle is finished, use the soft cloth or sponge to wipe down the inside of your washer, including the door seal and detergent compartment. Make sure to clean the washing machine drum in the inner corners and edges of the door, where debris can build up. Scrub any detergent residue from the dispenser and tray, and reinstall.

How to Clean a Top-Loading Washing Machine

Cleaning a top-loading washer is just as easy as cleaning a front-loading washer. The main difference between cleaning the two is the rubber gasket. While front-loading washing machines rely on the gasket to seal, the lid of top-loading washers closes easily with gravity.

To clean a top-loading washer, follow the above steps, omitting the step to clean the gasket. Instead, ensure the lid of your top-load washer is clean and free of any build-up or residue that may keep it from properly shutting.

How Often Should You Clean a Washing Machine?

You should clean your washing machine at least once a month to prevent bad smells and build-up. If you notice your washing machine is starting to smell, don’t wait – give it a good cleaning as soon as possible.

Is It Better to Clean Your Washing Machine with Bleach or Vinegar?

You can use either bleach or vinegar to clean your washing machine, but we recommend using vinegar. Vinegar is a non-toxic and environmentally friendly option that effectively cleans your washing machine without harming it.

If you choose to use bleach, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely and effectively clean with bleach. Never mix bleach with other cleaning products, as this can create dangerous fumes.

How Do I Clean My Washing Machine Filter?

Cleaning your washing machine filter is important to maintain its efficiency and prevent bad smells. To clean the filter, remove it from the washing machine and rinse it with warm water. If it’s very dirty, you can soak it in a mixture of vinegar and water before rinsing.

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Once the filter is clean, dry it thoroughly before putting it back in the washing machine. Make sure to clean the filter regularly – how often you need to clean it will depend on how often you use your washing machine.

If your washing machine is not performing as it should, Appliance Repair Specialists can help. We have experienced technicians who can diagnose and repair any issue with your washer – from a clogged drain to a broken belt. Contact us today for more information on washer repair or to schedule a service call.