If your washing machine drum is stinky, then it’s time to give it a good cleaning. Yes, even washing machine gets dirty and failure to clean and maintain your washer can lead to bad odors, germs, bacteria, and mold. Laundry soils, detergent, and hard-water minerals build up in areas you can’t see and mold and mildew can thrive in the washer lid and the door. When your appliance is dirty, washing your laundry can end up doing more harm than good. Dirt, detergent, mold, and hard-water deposits build up inside your machine, and over time these can develop a musty odor, giving your clothes that damp, moldy smell. If left untreated for a long time, they can even affect the efficiency of your machine but we got to covered with these guide on how to clean your washing machine drum
Table of Contents
- How to Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine Drum
- How to Clean a Top-Loading Washing Machine
- How to Clean a Machine Drum Using Vinegar and Baking Soda
- How to Remove Sticky Residue Off Your Washing Machine with Oxygen Bleach and Enzyme Detergent
- How to Clean Washing Machine Buildup Using Citric Acid
- How To Clean a Washing Machine Drum with Soda Crystals
- How to Clean a Washing Machine Drum Using Hydrogen Peroxide
- How to Clean Your Washing Machine Drum
- How to Clean Your Washing Machine Drum with Bleach
- How to Clean Your Washing Machine Drum with Clove Oil
How to Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine Drum
- Clean the gasket by spraying it with white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide and wiping with a damp microfiber cloth, after an hour, before cleaning the washer drum. The rubber gasket at the front of the washer, especially in a high-efficiency washer, accumulates water, hair, scum, and mildew.
- Set the washer to the highest level and the hottest water temperature, using the largest load size and the longest wash cycle. Do not add clothes or detergent.
- Add 3-4 cups of white vinegar to the water and allow the machine to agitate for a minute to incorporate the vinegar. Run it through a complete cycle.
- Run another cycle on the highest level and at the hottest water temperature, this time adding one-half cup of baking soda to the drum.
- While the hot water, vinegar, and baking soda are penetrating the grime and odors, wipe inside the drum of the washer with a damp microfiber cloth and wipe down the front of the machine, too. Give attention to the top of the washer, the knobs, the top of the wash bin, and any bleach or fabric softener dispensers.
- Allow the washing cycle to resume until the water begins draining. If your washer will allow it, turn the knob so the tub will drain while spinning. This helps clean loosened gunk by pushing vinegar water through the wash bin holes. If your washer doesn’t allow this, start another hot wash cycle now and allow it to run through completely.
How to Clean a Top-Loading Washing Machine
- Set the washer to the highest level and the hottest setting.
- Add four cups of white cleaning vinegar to the wash cycle.
- After the cycle starts, pause the machine and allow it to sit for an hour.
- During this time, wipe down the top of the washer with a microfiber cloth dipped in the hot vinegar water.
- Use an old toothbrush to scrub the fabric softener and bleach dispensers.
- After an hour, continue the wash cycle.
- Then run another wash cycle using one cup of baking soda.
- At the end of the cycle, wipe the top inside of the washer tub with a microfiber cloth to remove any scum.
- To prevent mildew and mold, leave the lid or door open when not in use.
Now your washer will be ready to clean your clothes again!
How to Clean a Machine Drum Using Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar and baking soda offer one of the most effective ways to clean your washing machine. To use, simply mix ½ cup of baking soda and 1 quart (1 liter) of vinegar, and set the water temperature to 90ºC (194ºF) on a long cycle. Vinegar and baking soda are safe to use because they are natural. They are also very effective at removing limescale as well as deodorizing. Even though vinegar is acetic acid, it is only a mild form of acid and will not kill all of the molds. If you have an extremely dirty washing machine, use the stronger ingredients recommended below.
How to Remove Sticky Residue Off Your Washing Machine with Oxygen Bleach and Enzyme Detergent
Use dose as directed on the label for large loads. Set water temperature to 90ºC (194ºF) and choose the largest load option. Choose powdered enzyme detergents over liquid ones. Look for a detergent that contains a range of grease-eating enzymes, such as Amylase, Protease, Lipase, or Mannanase (you may need to check the manufacturer’s website for the list of ingredients). You can also regularly add powdered oxygen bleach to your usual detergent. Seventh Generation detergents use these types of enzymes, and they also sell oxygen bleach. Be aware that enzyme detergents are not safe to use on wool or silk.
How to Clean Washing Machine Buildup Using Citric Acid
Mix 1 cup of citric acid and ½ cup of baking soda (optional). Choose a long wash cycle and set the water temperature to 90ºC (194ºF). Citric acid is derived from citrus fruits and is a natural and powerful way to remove limescale, soap scum, and buildup. It is a much stronger acid than vinegar, so it works for machines with lots of buildup. Citric acid can also be used alongside baking soda to help remove odors.
How To Clean a Washing Machine Drum with Soda Crystals
Soda crystals have long been a favorite cleaning additive for their ability to dissolve grease, shift stains, and wash away unpleasant smells. To use soda crystals to clean your washing machine, simply add 500g of pure soda crystals to the drum, and then run your machine on the longest, hottest cycle. This will rinse away any stains and smells, leaving you with a clean, fresh machine.
If you live in an area with very hard water, then it may help to add 250ml of white vinegar to the drum before washing, as the two ingredients will work together to break down any limescale build-up.
How to Clean a Washing Machine Drum Using Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide removes limescale, kills mold, and is anti-viral and anti-bacterial. You can simply use 1 liter (1 quart) of hydrogen peroxide with water at 90ºC (194ºF) on a long wash cycle. It is safer than chlorine bleach because it doesn’t leave behind toxic fumes and residue. It’s also safe for the environment because it breaks down into oxygen and water. The downside to hydrogen peroxide is that it takes longer to work, so you’ll need to leave it soaking in your machine for at least three hours. Because this is not possible for front loaders, you may need to run it through twice.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine Drum
Cleaning the drum is fairly straightforward: simply wipe away any visible marks with a cloth. If there’s an unpleasant aroma inside the drum but you can’t see any mold or dirt, then this is likely caused by nasty bacterial growths that are invisible to the naked eye. You certainly don’t want this to transfer onto your clothes, so it’s important to sanitize the drum and then run your machine on the hottest cycle to kill off any germs.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine Drum with Bleach
Bleach will kill off any lingering bacteria, so it’s great if you want to ensure that your washing machine is completely sanitized and free of any harmful germs.
- To clean your washing machine with bleach, simply fill the drawer or compartment completely with cleaning bleach or your drawer detergent. If your washing machine does not have a bleach dispenser, simply add between a half and a full cup of bleach directly into your machine’s tub.
- Run your machine on a hot cycle, hot water will help to sanitize and clean the inside of the washer. It will more effectively loosen any oils and grease that has built up over time than cold water would. Make sure the washer is empty when you run it. Any fabrics that are left in the washer will get bleach on them.
- In order to allow the bleach to really clean the inside of your machine, you should turn the machine off and allow the bleach to soak in the drum. Let it sit for about an hour before turning it back on and finishing up the cycle.
- With an extra rinse cycle to make sure all the bleach is flushed out.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine Drum with Clove Oil
Place about 10 drops of Clove Oil into the drum of your empty front loader or top loader washing machine. Wash on the hottest setting. Clove Oil is a great natural mold-killer but is very pungent, so make sure your doors and windows are open. You can get Clove Oil from most chemists or health food stores.