Here is an easy guide on how to deep clean a washing machine and remove odors.
There are lots of commercial cleaners on the market that claim to remove odors from your washer. The truth is all you need are some simple cleaners you probably have at home right now: vinegar, baking soda, and bleach. I will give 2 sets of instructions on how to deep clean a washing machine. First, I will tell you how to clean a top-loading washing machine. Then, I will give instructions on how to clean a front loader. Let's get started!
How to Deep Clean a Washing Machine and Remove Odors
How to Clean a Top Loading Washing Machine
First, run an empty load on the hottest and largest setting and stop when it is full (some washing machines will allow you to just fill the washer without running a load). Keep the lid open. Do not add soap or clothes to this load.
Next, place 1 cup of plain distilled white vinegar into the water. If your washer has an extremely offensive odor, you may want to use bleach instead. Vinegar will generally do the job but sometimes I find that bleach removes more odor if it's particularly offensive.
Third, add 1/2 cup to a cup of baking soda depending on how strong your offensive odors are. Don't shut the lid of your washing machine and instead allow it to soak for an hour or two.
Last, close your lid and allow a cycle to run through. While that's going on, you can use a cloth and some all-purpose cleaner to wipe down your machine. Pay attention to areas around your buttons and be sure to use a toothbrush in tight places. When the cycle finishes, be sure to wipe the loading area.
How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine
To clean your front-loading washing machine you won't need anything extra. Baking soda, vinegar, and water will do the trick.
Start by mixing 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup baking soda. Make sure this is mixed really well because this will be going into your detergent cup on your washer.
Pour one cup of vinegar into your drum and the baking soda mixture into the detergent cup on your washer. Run through a cycle with hot water. Again, don't add any clothes.
When the cycle is over, take a damp sponge and wipe the areas that just got clean. Paste special attention to the openings that may have mold or mildew as well as your seals.
No matter what kind of machine you have, top loader or front loader, make sure to clean your machine once every month or two depending on how often you do laundry. This will keep your machine in good running order and your clothes smelling clean and fresh.