How Do I Clean My Washing Machine So it Won't Smell?


It is logical to think that the detergent you put in your washing machine to clean your clothes would also clean the inside of your washing machine. However, clothes detergent is not formulated to clean metal and ceramic. It's important to understand that your washing machine retains a small amount of water after cleaning, so musty odors will happen eventually. If you constantly clean clothes with heavy odors such as a smoker's clothes, your washing machine will eventually pick up that smell. The best solution is to clean your washing machine with a soap formulated for a washing machine's special needs.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine cleaner
  • General purpose disinfecting cleaner
  • Clean rag
  • Turn your washing machine to the longest washing cycle, with hot water. Do not place any clothes in the machine.

  • Start the cycle and fill up the water drum. Once the drum is full of hot water, stop the cycle by opening the lid.

  • Place in the appropriate amount of washing machine cleaner. Several cleaners are on the market, such as Tide Washing Machine Cleaner, Smelly Washer Cleaner and Clorox Washing Machine Cleaner. The amount of cleaner you must use depends on the capacity of your washing machine and the brand of cleaner you choose. Follow the dosing directions on the packaging.

  • Run the remainder of the cycle.

  • Run a second cycle without the cleaner and without clothes. Use the same settings as the first cycle. This will ensure all of the cleaner and debris leave the machine.

  • Wipe the outside of the machine down with a general purpose disinfecting spray cleaner and a clean rag.

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