Ok, so that title sounds funny, right? You’d think the washing machine would not need to be cleaned but if you have a front loader like I do, it does! I posted recently about cleaning your dishwasher and one of my friends from school asked me to post about how to clean the washing machine.
So here’s what I did: I started by a simple cleaning of the outside with wipes and some windex on the window of the washer. I wiped the side of the door with the wipes and on the front of the inside of the machine. I took a damp soft cloth and wipes all around the rubber inside and out. I cleaned up the detergent cups just using the wipes. Once I was happy that any dirt or build I could see was gone I addressed the inside. Since my vinegar and baking soda worked so well on the dishwasher I thought I’d try it in the machine as well. I poured one 16oz container of vinegar into the drum and filled the detergent cups about halfway with baking soda. I set a cycle for the Sanitary setting and let it go.
I was pleasantly surprised that it came our really clean and it smelled fresh! I think it’s just the nature of the washer that you need to keep air circulating but this is a great way to get it smelling good again. This is a simple and inexpensive way to clean it opposed to buying the washing machine packs that are super expensive (I have tried them and I don’t think they worked that great). The bottle of vinegar and baking soda needed totals around $1 and no harsh chemicals. I think next time I’ll add some lemon juice to the vinegar and see how that works. These Lysol wipes * are my favorite as they have a scrubby side and a soft side.