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How to Clean your Washing Machine Without Using Harsh Cleaners! {Mommy Tips}


What you need:
  • Vinegar* or Lemon Juice
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Small Brush  (toothbrush) 
1. Start by wiping down the exterior of your washing machine with the cleaning cloth using the vinegar.

2. Pour two cups of lemon juice or vinegar into the tub and run  a full cycle on the hottest setting.  (If you have a front-loading machine then put the vinegar/lemon juice in the detergent dispenser instead).

3. Scrub the lid/door and all the corners with vinegar using the small brush and/or the cleaning cloth.

You are done!!! 

Note: Remember to always leave the door open after you finish a load to allow the washing machine to dry out completely. This is specially important with front-loading machines to prevent mildewing.

*White vinegar is ideal, but you can definitively use cider vinegar if you wish (just keep in mind that it is a bit more expensive). Cider Vinegar  is more likely to be organically produced, which is better for the environment.


  1. Love the easy steps!

  2. Thanks for this. I really need to do this but I didn't want to harm my cloth diapers. This should be easy and use things I already have in the house!

  3. February 4--Thank you for this tip. I know Heloise is always telling us about the uses of vinegar and baking soda. I will try this as It is less toxic than using a commercial bleach product.-el03ro

  4. I was just thinking about how to clean it this morning.. so glad I found this. Don't want to use bleach or whatever chemical that is recommended. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for the simple steps! Good reminder re leaving the door open.

  6. Really great tips! we actually cleaned ours last weekend and used many of the same ingredients listed here. Except we ran a wash with vinegar first and then another cycle with baking soda.

  7. Cynthia Mollison4 February 2012 at 13:37

    Great tips! Thanks so much! Will definitely give it a try!

  8. That's some great advice. Thanks a lot.

  9. Thanks for this, I need to clean my machine and I will definitely use your tip.

  10. Thanks for the reminder. I need to clean my washing drum and I just bought white vinegar too. :) Great tips!


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