Clean your washing machine in three easy steps 48



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Washing machines have a tendency to build up mould and unpleasant smells and although they wash clothes, they aren’t always clean themselves. By following this simple, cheap, and eco-friendly cleaning method, you’ll be able to keep your washing machine fresh and free of odours.

Items needed:

  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Scrubbing sponge


  1. Mix the baking soda and water in a small bowl. This is going to be the “detergent” we use to clean the washing machine. Pour the vinegar into a measuring cup and head over to your washing machine.
  2. Place the baking soda mixture into the detergent container of your machine and pour the vinegar into the drum. Start your washer on a normal load cycle at the hottest water setting. Close the door and let the machine do all the hard work for you. The baking soda and vinegar naturally break up mineral deposits and any mould growth while cleaning and refreshing your washing machine.
  3. Wait for the cycle to end, then grab your clean scrubbing sponge and rub around the opening of the washing machine, Wipe clean with fresh water and you are done! Perform this once a month to keep the inside of your machine clean. Cleaner washing machines means cleaner clothes after each cycle.

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  1. I clean my washing machine and dishwasher about every 3 months, if you do it regularly and leave the door ajar as to the manufacturers recommendation it will never smell.

  2. I use bi-carbonate of soda in every wash and white vinegar as a softener with my towels as it doesn’t make them to soft and it cleans my washing machine no more clog draws.

  3. I need to buy a new washing machine, I’ve been looking around & can’t decide if I go front load or top load, I’ve never had anything to do with front load ones, I’d be happy to hear any opinions on this.

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    • Hi Lyn I’ve been using a front loader for 11 years a Bosh not cheap but never had any trouble motor wise, the wash is amazingly good compared to my old top loader, linen and clothes a lot cleaner by far would never revert back. I did have to be persuaded though. The only drawback is it takes a smaller load, but there’s only the two of us so no probs

    • I also have a Bosh front load machine which I got about 15 years ago and still washes my cloths first class and if I had to replace it, I would definitely buy another Bosh front load as they use far less water and are more economic on electricity.

    • Thanks lady’s, I’ll look into it more, I think it’s just getting my head around something different.

    • I love my front loader, had it for 5 years now, uses less water, gentle on clothes and mine has lots of settings and when this one finally dies I will be buying a Bocsh as it has great features including a 15 min quick wash.

    • I have a front loader Meile. Washes lovely, better for clothes as it tumbles instead of that back and forth action with top loader . I wouldn’t go back to a top loader .

    • I had a front loader and I was not a fan. Because it uses less water per load I had to wash much smaller loads than my old top loader. I had to do 2 loads a day. I went back to top loader and now I wash twice a week.

    • Some front loaders the door stays locked for the whole cycle. I’v only ever had a top loader and recently considered changing but having used my DIL’s FL for a few weeks I’m sticking with the TL – why? Because it’s on the floor and I had to bend or squat down to load/unload the lift heavy basket from the floor. Have a crook back so didn’t like having to do that. I realise this could be alleviated if machine was on a bench. Can’t add items once cycle has started. Messy to add pre-soaked items ie have to put into bucket to transfer to machine. Love my top loader (Fischer Paykel 15 yrs old).

    • Have used both but I love my front loader and wouldn’t change back. Use cold water wash and 30min cycle option unless heavy soiling. Clothes always clean. Mine is a Samsung & I have had it for 4 years.

  4. My machine doesn’t smell but I do get black spots when I soak whites, it brushes off when dry but still annoying so I shall try this

  5. I don’t have access to hot water wash . Can I still do bicarb and vinegar

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  6. That is a front loader so whatever she does may not work with a top loader. I rinse mine out every now any then. I find that is enough

  7. Top loader for me. At least you can stop it and take clothes before the spin cycle if you want

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