Washing machines can often be an area of our home we neglect to clean, with many not realising exactly how dirty these appliances can become over time. Not only do they build up with lint and hair around the edges after frequent use, but they are also the perfect breeding grounds for mould and mildew due to the moisture that remains inside after clothes washing. After time your clothes and linen may start to smell a little musty, no longer with that fresh laundry smell.
However, like most other home appliances, you can easily naturally clean washing machine, using products you likely already have at home. Yep, it’s time to grab that vinegar and baking soda again. And these ingredients can naturally clean both a top and front loading washing machine with ease.
Front Loader Washing Machine
Start by using a cloth to wipe down your machine, including the door and the rubber seals at the front. This is where a lot of build up can occur, particularly general residue and icky hair. Actually, sometimes socks and other unexpected things end up here too, so make sure you have a good look in behind those seals. You may even want to add some vinegar to your cloth for a more thorough clean.
Unfortunately because front loaders are more water and energy efficient, they can also end up a lot grubbier than a top loader. Take some time to also clean out the powder and fabric softener dispensers and any other areas of your machine that need cleaning.
- Set you front loader to the hottest cycle setting
- Add 2/3 cup of vinegar to the bleach dispenser section of your machine
- Add half a cup of baking soda to the drum of the machine
- Run machine cycle
- If you have the option, run an extra rinse cycle after it has finished
Top Load Washing Machine
Cleaning a top load washing machine is even easier, since they generally do not have all the extra rubber seals that a front loader has, or dispensers. Again, it doesn’t hurt to give your machine drum a quick wipe over and remove any excess residue or build up that may be floating about.
- Set your machine to the hottest cycle and allow the machine to fill and start.
- Add 3 cups of white vinegar to the hot water, close the lid and allow it to cycle for a few more minutes
- Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the water and allow the machine to sit for an hour to allow the mixture to work some magic
- Close the lid and allow the machine to finish the washing cycle.
Cleaning your washing machine should become part of your regular cleaning schedule (find my free cleaning schedule template here), just like the dishwasher, oven and fridge. And the great thing about doing a naturally clean washing machine method and other appliances is that it is so much cheaper than using the expensive chemicals and products that you can buy in stores, and much safer and healthier for the whole family.
Fess up… have you ever cleaned your washing machine? If so, how often?