How to Clean the Washing Machine Without Harsh Chemicals
For this cleaning job we use soda crystals and white vinegar both of which are available cheaply at the supermarket.
I prefer to clean the washing machine using more natural products especially as I have young children at home – chemicals are best kept to a minimum especially around inquisitive types! You do have to make sure you store soda crystals out of sight and reach of children as they are an irritant.
cup of soda crystals
2 cups of white vinegar
dish washing soap
The outside of the washing machine can be cleaned with a microfibre cloth and warm soapy water. It’s a good idea to do this once every few weeks as part of an easy housework routine.
Washing Machine Cleaning Tips:
Door seal – this is the one part of the washing machine that gets black mould on it the quickest. Once the black mould is on the rubber door seal this can’t be removed. Only option is to change the seal. You can usually order door seals from the parts department of the manufacturer. The best way to prevent the door seal getting black mould on it is to make sure you dry the seal after use and leave the door slightly ajar so air circulates.
Danielle Odin on May 27, 2017Well, I clean my clothes and my machine at the same time. I use non-scented bio detergent, Oxi clean powder for heavy soils and white vinegar as a rinse. I am allergic to the rinses offered as all fabric softners have the same composition. My machine is quite old as I live in an apartment that has them and it was here when I moved in and I have no idea how many tenants it has served. It is a stackable unit with the dryer on top. The white vinegar and the Oxi-clean are good cleaner for the machine as well.
HomyHolds on Apr 14, 2020
Spot on! Your step by step instructions with images is very helpful. I have been using home remedies to clean my washing machine as well. However, sometimes I use a commercial product and I prefer Affresh in that case. I wrote an article on my site as well to clean a washing machine with home remedies. I will love it if you check and give feedback. Thanks!