Did you know you can clean your washing machine with baking soda? It’s just one of the clever tricks you’ll find in our article ..
You may have noticed that your Machine has a musty, almost stinky smell about it. This is a result of water and detergent residue, combined with machine build up.
If you want a superior clean, and your clothing to smell fresh, you need to keep the maintenance up. If you want a superior clean, and your clothing to smell fresh, you need to keep the maintenance up.
You can use natural products such as Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, and Vinegar to name a few. We’ve included tips and tutorials on how to clean a top loader, a front loader and also an HE (High Efficiency) Washing Machine. You’ll also find a short video on how to spring clean your washing machine and dryer.
Ingredients To Clean Washing Machine
- 1/4 cup of Baking Soda
- 2 cups White Vinegar
- Scourer Sponge
Cleaning your Washing Machine regularly will make a huge difference to its performance and will extend its life, all with very little effort. You’ll find that a once a month clean will work wonders! Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar to your machine, and run it through a HOT WATER rinse cycle.
To finish up with, use a clean scouring sponge to wipe the mixture around the opening. This will remove any mold spots. To finish, rinse thoroughly with water. You can also clean your Tumble Dryer using the scourer sponge this way.
Clean Your Washing Machine in 3 Easy Steps
First, remove germs and detergent buildup by running an empty load with hot water and 2 cups of chlorine bleach or white vinegar.
In the middle of the wash cycle, add 1/2 cup of detergent. Let the load run the full cycle.
Remove any stains on the washer drum with a soft abrasive cleanser and a sponge.
These simple tips will help you to maintain your washer and ensure your clothes get the best possible clean.
How To Clean A Washing Machine
This method of running bleach and vinegar through your washer works well even on an old washer. The blogger had a totally clogged up washer and it was an older one that hadn’t been cleaned for 6 years but this worked a treat!
How To Clean Top Loader Washing Machine
If you have a Top Load Washer try this quick and easy method using a quart of Bleach and a quart of White Vinegar. Start by filling your washer with hot water, add the bleach and agitate it briefly then leave for an hour before finishing the wash cycle. Repeat the same steps using the vinegar. You’ll only need to deep clean this way every 3 months.
How To Clean Front Loader Washing Machine
Keep your front-loader free of mold and mildew with these handy tips. They include how to keep the Door Seal clean and dry, plus the easiest way to clean the dispenser. Again you can use plain old white Vinegar to clean the drawer rather than buying a Mildew Cleaner.
How To Clean Washer And Dryer Video
We’ve found this very informative video which shows you how to spring clean your washer and dryer. Click Play above to watch ^
Cleaning your Front Loading Washing Machine using the White Vinegar and Baking Soda recipe shown above with a scourer sponge will save you lots of time and dollars, plus it’s eco-friendly! Front Loaders are a very popular choice as they’re more energy efficient and use less detergent than top loaders.
How To Clean a High Efficiency Washing Machine -:
Living on A Dime have some great tips for cleaning your HE Washing Machine. Apparently, mold problems can be a usual occurence. It’s easy to prevent this by cleaning your whites on the Sanitary cycle with a bit of bleach once a week.
If you prefer not to use bleach, try a DIY no chemical version that is comprised of 2 cups of Vinegar and 1 cup of Baking Soda. It’s suggested that you pour the vinegar into the detergent compartment and the baking soda into the washer drum then use your machine’s hottest water setting.
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How Often You Should Wash Everything
Check out this handy infographic on how often you should wash your stuff and the best way do it – we think you’ll be surprised by some of the recommendations. Did you know that bed sheets should be washed once a week to avoid dust mites which can trigger asthma and other health problems? Mattresses should be washed every 6 months. If you’re washing your favorite jeans after every wear you’re actually shortening their life and causing shrinkage.
Now you can make your own Liquid Laundry Soap with just 3 simple ingredients and Essential Oil. It works brilliantly, smells amazing and even better – it’s Borax Free! You can make it in minutes and it will work well in HE Washers too. All you need is Baking Soda, Salt, Castile Soap and Lavender (or favorite) Essential Oil
Photo via Stain Removal 101
The little ones love their stuffed toys and animals but they can get very grubby (not to mention unhygienic) with all that love! You can clean and wash them in your washing machine with very little effort. All you need is a mesh washing bag and a mild laundry detergent. Pop the toy in the bag and run through the delicate cycle on the machine using cold water. If you don’t have a mesh bag a pillowcase will do.
You’ll need to check the toys for any loose bits like buttons or ribbons before you pop them in. It’s also recommended that you sew up any small rips or tears first so no stuffing is lost. You can also purchase reusable Paper Washing Bags on Etsy. They have been huge and they really do a great job. Check them out here
If you’re a little short of space in your laundry you’ll love this clever idea and it will cost you next to nothing. Hang a ladder from the ceiling and use it as a drying rack.
Here’s another way to deep clean your Top Loader using a Vinegar and Bleach Mix. This recipe uses a ratio of 1 quart Bleach to 1 quart plus an extra cup of Vinegar. The cup of vinegar is mixed with hot water and used to wipe down the exterior of your machine, including all the knobs. Then clean under the lid with the same mix – cotton swabs will make it easier to get into those hard to clean areas. Don’t miss the Fabric Softener Dispense, that can get very grubby! Finish off by using the quart of Bleach on the hottest longest cycle, leave for an hour then repeat with the Vinegar. If you have hard water in your area you’ll need to do this monthly rather than three monthly.
How To Maintain Your Washing Machine via Sears
Continue scrolling, we have lots more tips and tricks including how to achieve fluffy towels and how to create your own Laundry Basket Organizer.
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Keep your towels fluffy and super absorbent with this simple tip – just add a cupful of white vinegar to the wash cycle. You won’t need to buy Fabric Conditioner!
Photo via Make It & Love It
You’ll be so organized with this DIY Laundry Basket Organiser. All you need are some inexpensive plastic laundry baskets, some labels for sorting your laundry types and a basic wooden cupboard frame with little ledges for the baskets to slide in and out.
Photo via The Little Design Corner
Ironing is usually our least favorite job but you can make it easier with a bit of organization. Simply attach a rail above your laundry bench area and use wooden coat hangers to hang up your clothes. You can sort, fold and hang up as you iron.