Washing Machine Cleaning Tutorial

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30 Minutes
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Even though your washing machine is used for washing things….it still needs to be cleaned! Learn how to clean your washing machine naturally in this easy step by step tutorial.


By following these steps for how to clean washing machine, you’ll be able to solve mold, mildew & gross smells coming from your washer!

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO CLEAN YOUR WASHING MACHINE?

Well, in our case, it was more than obvious! If dirty pictures gross you out – quick, scroll ahead!


It was in desperate need of a deep cleaning, so I thought it would be a perfect chance to teach you how to clean your washing machine! I think you’re going to love this tutorial!

MAKE VINEGAR CLEANING SOLUTION.

I mix about half water and half white distilled cleaning vinegar. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can mix in some essential oils. I added about 10 drops of lavender.

WIPE DOWN WASHING MACHINE.

Dip a cleaning rag in your vinegar/water solution and start wiping! 

I usually wipe down the washing machine in this order:

-Entire outside

-Inside of door

-The rubber seal

CLEAN SOAP TRAYS AND DRAWER.

Remove your soap trays and wash those in the sink. Wipe down the entire inside of the drawer with the rag soaked with the vinegar solution.

EMPTY FILTER.

Be sure you take out the filter and get all the gunk out. 

CLEAN RUBBER GASKET OF WASHING MACHINE.

Sprinkle rubber seal with baking soda. Then grab the rag, wipe everything again.


RUN WASHING MACHINE CLEAN CYCLE.

Toss the rest of your baking soda into the drum of the washing machine along with any towels or rags you used.


After your washing machine is done with the clean cycle, open the door immediately and wipe everything down again.

Cleaning your washing machine is a not so fun part of adulting, but if you stay on top of it, it shouldn’t take long to get your front loading washing machine spic and span again! 


If you love these cleaning tips and want to learn more like it, be sure to check out all of my cleaning & organizing tutorials in the archives here!

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  • Jeanne Bratton Jeanne Bratton on Oct 09, 2019

    I can’t find the filter in my machine

  • Sandy Sandy on Mar 25, 2020

    I’ve tried, I don’t know how many times, but I can’t get that rubber seal to move at all. I’m afraid if I really force it, it might crack or break. It’s a top loader. Any ideas?

  • How does one go about a good cleaning with a top loading washing machine?

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  • Patricia ruffino Patricia ruffino on Mar 26, 2021

    This was a great tutorial, have you ever used the "Finally Fresh" washing machine cleaner tablets?! They are amazing! The first of every month through one in set to clean and perfect every time!

  • Jenny Jenny on Mar 26, 2021

    I have a front loader in a very hard water area. I put a water softener tablet in every wash and do a quick wipe round of the rubber after each wash. It has coped with a family of five and my lab costs and still looks like new. Oh yes I leave it open for a short time after use. I just smells like the washing liquid pods and looks like new.

    • Gigi Gemmill Gigi Gemmill on Mar 27, 2021

      Where do you get water softener tablets? What brand are they? Do you think they will keep towels from getting hard - that’s our problem. Thanks!

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