How to clean a top load washing machine

How to Clean a Top Load Washing Machine


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Most people don’t think that a top load washing machine needs to be washed because it’s a machine that cleans your clothes. So, wouldn’t the inside of it be clean too? Well, the truth is that mold and mildew can still build up inside of a washing machine after it has been used repeatedly over many months. If you let this continue to build up in your washing machine, then it could get on your clothes and possibly cause you to get sick.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to clean a top load washing machine that only requires three simple products: white vinegar, baking soda, and cleaning cloths. Once you have these items, you can use the steps below to proceed with the cleaning process of your top load washing machine.

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1. Use the Hottest and Highest Settings​ – The first step is to turn on your washer by changing the temperature to its hottest setting. You’ll also want the capacity setting to be changed to its highest and the cycle to be set to the longest one possible.

2. Add Vinegar ​– Now open the top lid of the washer. You should see water pouring down into the tub and filling it up quickly. Take 4 cups of vinegar and add it to the tub of filling water. Some people like to use bleach instead of vinegar, but the problem with bleach is that it contains toxins and harmful chemicals. Vinegar is natural and will do a good job of disinfecting the inside of the washer.

3. Add Baking Soda ​– After you’ve added the vinegar, take 1 cup of baking soda and add that to the tub of filling water too. Shut the lid and just let everything mix together for about 2 to 4 minutes.

4. Let it Sit ​– ​Once the washer gets to the point where it stops filling with water, turn the washer off by opening the lid. Just leave everything where it is for 60 minutes. During this time, the vinegar will be working hard to destroy the bacteria which is hidden within all the corners and hard to reach areas of the washer.

5. Continue the Cycle ​– ​After the 60 minutes is up, close the lid once again to allow the washer to turn back on. It will now continue its cleaning cycle on the longest setting you originally put it on. If you want, you can take this opportunity to scrub the exterior of the washer and clean the wells where the fabric softener and bleach normally goes.

6. Repeat Again ​– The first cycle likely won’t clean away all the residue. It will usually just loosen it up a bit, depending on how filthy your washer was before you started. So, what you do now is repeat steps.

Congratulations, you should now have a clean top load washing machine that looks as good as new.


This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own and not other.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.

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