Asked on Nov 25, 2019

How can I clean a top-loading washing machine?

Holly Bertone | Pink FortitudeKathy Gunter LawNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


I have a top load he washer and I am trying to clean the top if the inside of the washer. It looks like lint may be clogged in there. Seeing as it doesn't fill to the top with water because it is HE I'm having a difficult time getting it clean. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

6 answers
  • Brooke Cribbs- Cribbs Style
    Brooke Cribbs- Cribbs Style
    on Nov 25, 2019

    Do you have a setting on your washer to run a cleaning cycle? Mine is called "refresh".

  • Allison
    on Nov 25, 2019

    Are you referring to the drum of the washer? If so, I am having a hard time figuring out how lint could get above the water level, perhaps it's detergent residue? No matter. I would break out the vacuum with the brush attachment to get the bulk of it. You don't want it to clog the drain. Then use use a stiff brush and vacuum out what falls in the drum. Wipe with vinegar until it's clean.

    You may want to use less detergent or, if using powder, switch to a liquid. That may prevent future problems.

    • Allison
      on Nov 25, 2019

      Baking soda dissolves pretty readily, I don't think that's the problem. I have a front loader so don't know how your detergent is dispensed. Could it be a problem with it washing the detergent onto the top portion of the drum? I do know fabric softener will make things gloopy. I don't use it, just vinegar in the rinse cycle and have never had a problem with my machine getting stinky like so many others have had. My son's mechanic uniforms are the only thing that requires a longer cycle, they are so gross, lol. The machine is clean even after his greasy stuff is done.

  • Angela
    on Nov 25, 2019

    Thank you. I do use baking soda in alot of my loads, guess it may be that as well?

  • What does your owners manual recommend?

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Nov 25, 2019

    It should have a cleaning cycle that you can run with bleach, then another with no cleaner.

    You can also lift the top of the machine and wipe down, or at least that is what I do with mine. I run a cloth along the top of the tub.

  • Hi Angela - This is a great step-by step article on how to clean your washing machine and get the stinky smells out - regardless of whether it's HE, top or front loading. Hope this helps and happy laundry day! Hugs, Holly

    PS - We have a FREE eBook with recipes for all of my homemade and all-natural cleaners. You can download it here -->

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