How To Clean Washing Machine? (Step By Step Guide)

Have you noticed a strange stench in your laundry post a wash cycle? Are you troubled by the lint built up in your machine? We are here to help!

You are probably under the assumption that soaps and detergents are constantly being dispensed inside the washing machine tub, so why clean it? I know it is hard to believe, but your washing machine gets dirty!

If you have invested in the best washing machineyou need to make sure you clean it once every six months to increase its longevity and efficiency. Don’t know where to begin? We got you covered.

This article will discuss the two varieties of tubs and walk you through a detailed cleaning regimen for both of them! We will also discuss a fantastic DIY solution that will soon become your go-to solution! The best part: You can do it by yourself!


Types of Machine Tubs

Based on the design of the machine, they can be classified into two categories: A front-loading machine and a top-loading machine. The physical appearance is different because of the placement of the door.

1. Top Loading Tub

Top Load Washing Machine

A top-loading machine is convenient because you don’t have to bend over to add clothes. However, most models either have an agitator or an impeller to aid in the cleaning process. Since the hardware is demanding, the water consumption and energy usage are higher than a front-loading machine.

The impellers and agitators are rough and exert some force on the clothes while spinning, thus reducing your clothes longevity.


2. Front Loading Tub

Front Load Washing Machine

Even though it is not as convenient as the top-loading model, it offers multiple advantages. According to the whirlpool, front load washers consume less power and less water when compared to top load washers. Additionally, front loaders wash your clothes gently, thus increasing your clothes life span and longevity.


How To Clean Washing Machine?

Just like you clean your clothes, you must clean your machine as well. Are you wondering why your clothes are smelling stale even after washing or, rather, especially after washing? It is an indication that your machine needs a deep cleaning!

Listed below is a ten-step cleaning guide that can assist you in cleaning your machine and making it as good as new!

1. Gather Your Supplies

To ensure complete cleaning, you will need the following things:

  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Clean Towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorizer Spray


2. Empty Your Tub

Unload The Tub

Make sure your washing machine tub is empty of everything.


3. White Vinegar Wash

White Vinegar

Why white vinegar? Well, it is an all-rounder, and it can be found in your kitchen! According to research, vinegar is a potent chemical that keeps mould and bacteria away. Furthermore, vinegar is acidic; thus, it can help break down soap residues and lint deposits.

How to use it? 

  • Add 4 cups of vinegar.
  • Let the water fill to the brim or the highest level possible in the machine tub.
  • Close the lid and set the program to tub cleaning.
  • If your machine does not have a setting that specifies it, don’t worry!
  • Set the machine manually to the maximum temperature option. Hot water offers many advantages in cleaning. According to research, hot water is more effective than cold water; it can also help eliminate germs and other water-soluble stains and contaminants.


4. Baking Soda

Baking soda

Baking soda is an alkali that can aid in dissolving all the accumulated grease and filth. According to research, baking soda can act as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Furthermore, baking soda can also help in neutralizing any stench and odour! It can also help in breaking the biofilm formation.

How to use it? 

  • Add 2 cups of baking soda.
  • Let the water fill to the brim or the highest level possible in the machine tub.
  • Close the lid and let the baking soda sit for 30 minutes to 60 minutes. Let the magic happen!
  • As mentioned in the previous step, run a cycle of hot water.


5. Clean The Lint Filter

Clean The Lint Filter

Ever noticed a small mesh-like pouch in your machine? Well, that is a lint filter. As the name suggests, it collects tiny fibres and other solid particles released from the clothes while washing. It is very crucial to clean this filter.

If this filter is clogged, it can affect the overall functioning of the machine.

How to clean it?

  • Detach the lint filter from the machine drum.
  • Dip it in warm vinegar water for 20 minutes.
  • With the help of a toothbrush and baking soda paste, scrub it clean.
  • Rinse it using a simple dishwasher soap.
  • Immerse it in warm water for 10 minutes before reattaching it back to the machine.


6. Clean The Panel

Cleaning Washing Machine Dispenser

Since you are waiting for step 4 to get complete, you might as well clean the trays. The dispensers have the maximum amount of leftover detergent and grimes.

Dispensers are generally removable attachments that can ease your cleaning endeavour. You can use a soft towel dipped in hot vinegar water to wipe them clean.

The area where the dispenser was present have typically accumulated a lot of dust and other solid particles; use a clean toothbrush to clean that area. Since the site has a lot of ridges and is relatively narrow, a toothbrush can work wonders!  Load your toothbrush with a baking soda paste and get scrubbing!


7. Clean The Surface

Clean The Washing Machine Surface

Now that the internal cleaning is taken care of, we can start cleaning the machine’s surface and hoses. Using a dry towel wipe off all the dust particles. A toothbrush can be very effective in cleaning the settings panels, and it can easily squeeze in between the dials to wipe off all the impurities.


8. Clean The Drum

Clean The Drum

Once your second wash cycle is complete, you can clean the drum. Using a dry cotton cloth or towel, wipe the inner surface.


9. Clean The Drain Pipe

Drain Pipe

Ensuring that the tube is clean is imperative. The drain pipe can get clogged due to sand, dust, fibres, etc. If the drain pipe s clogged, the overall efficiency of the machine goes down. Usually, in top loaders, the drainpipe is detachable.

Carefully remove the drain pipe and clean it thoroughly with hot water. If you notice much solid built-up, dip the tube in vinegar and wash it with hot water. You can use additional brushes with thin and long handles to clean the pipe.


10. Reattach Everything

Sprint inside the drum with deodorant or a spray to add some fragrance! Reassemble all the accessories, and you are done!


How To Clean A Front-Loading Tub?

You can refer to the steps mentioned above for cleaning a front loading washing machine. However, there is an additional step before the reassembly.

Cleaning The Gasket

Washing Machine Gasket

The rubber rings that prevent the water from leaking via a front door is called the gasket. Take a cloth and wipe the gasket to remove dirt and fungus.

The best way to clean this rubber ring is using a sponge dipped in liquid soap. A toothbrush can also help in cleaning the crevices and corners.

Caution: Don’t use hot water to clean the rubber gasket; it might soften the rubber. Eventually, the efficiency of the rubber seal will go down and result in leakage.


Alternative Cleaning Solutions

Listed below are some alternate cleaning solutions that can be used to clean the tub and run the rinse cycle.

1. Bleach


Did you know that bleach is made up of a variety of chemicals? Sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide are the two most critical components. The chemicals attack the amino acids in microorganisms.

It leads to clumping of the proteins, followed by lysis of the cell wall, which ultimately results in cell death. Thus, using bleach can be an excellent solution if you notice moulds or biofilms in your machine.


2. Descaling Powder

Descaling Powder

A descaling agent is a cocktail of acids! If you want to deep-clean your machine, you can use a descaling mixture or any washing machine cleaning powder for every step. Since the acids used can be corrosive, it is essential to wear rubber gloves when using this solution.

If the water in your area has a high TDS, it can result in scaling. This powder interacts with the scales and converts them into soluble salts that can be drained from the machine.


3. Dishwasher Tablet

Dishwasher Tablet

Dishwasher tablets are formulated with bleach, enzymes, and surfactants to assist in cleaning even the most ardent stains. All the ingredients are a perfect blend to clean your washing machine.


4. DIY Cleaning Mix

DIY Cleaning Mix For Washing Machine

If you want a sparkling and shining washing machine that smells amazing, try this DIY solution! I like to think of it as a magic potion because it is non-corrosive and effective! It leaves your machine with an incredible smell.


  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 ml of peroxide
  • Lemon juice
  • 5-10 drops of aromatic oil


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Regular maintenance and cleaning are essential to ensure that your machine works properly. Although it is recommended to clean once every six months, you can run a cycle every month.

If you don’t have baking soda or white vinegar on hand, you can clean using any alternatives listed above. Doing things yourself rather than hiring a professional is usually a fantastic alternative because it saves you money!

Let us know if you found this article. Don’t forget to let us know if you have tried the magic potion mentioned in this article.



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