How To Clean Your Washing Machine [Because It’s A Breeding Ground For Germs, Bacteria, And Fungus]

Between your clothes, your family’s clothes, bedding, towels, kitchen towels, and everything else that needs to be washed around your house, piles of laundry never seem to end. The truth is, even when you think you have all of the soft items in your house that are prone to collecting dust mites, dead skin, fungus, bacteria, etc., clean, there always seems to be something else that pops up and needs a good wash in 140 degree water. But have you ever stopped and wondered if you need to clean your washing machine?

Everything that comes out of our washing machines come out smelling so fresh (at least compared to how they smelled when we put them in there — hopefully) that we often don’t think about having to wash the machine that does most of our washing — but you do! In fact, your washing machine is a prime breeding ground for germs, bacteria, and fungi, such as, E.coli, MRSA, salmonella, and more; so unless you want to pass these disgusting microorganisms from one load of laundry to the next, we suggest you regularly clean your washing machine. But how?

How To Clean The Inside

Here Is What You Will Need

-1 Quart White Vinegar OR Bleach

-1/2 Cup Baking Soda


-Microfiber Cloth

Front-Loading Washer Steps

  1. Clean gasket and door seals
  1. Change your settings to the hottest temperature, longest cycle, and largest load
  1. Fill the detergent dispenser with vinegar OR bleach
  1. Fill the softener dispenser with baking soda
  1. Start and run the full cycle
  1. Run a second cycle with just hot water
  1. Clean dispenser, filter, and other components

Top-Loading Washer Steps

  1. Fill washer using the hottest water setting, longest cycle, and largest load size
  1. Add white vinegar OR bleach as washer fills
  1. Let water and vinegar agitate for one minute
  1. Stop cycle and let water and vinegar soak for one hour
  1. Restart cycle and let it complete
  1. Run another cycle with baking soda
  1. Wipe down washer with vinegar to remove remaining residue
  1. Clean lid, nooks, and crannies

How To Clean The Outside

Here Is What You Will Need

-Warm Water

-Glass Cleaner

-Microfiber Cloth

Front-Loading and Top-Loading

  1. Using warm water, wipe down exterior with damp microfiber cloth
  1. Use damp microfiber cloth and toothbrush to clean knobs and control panels
  1. Wipe down whole machine with glass cleaner

How Often You Should Clean Your Washing Machine

By regularly cleaning your washing machine, you can rest assured that your clothes are coming out of your washing machine cleaner than when they went in. We recommend cleaning your washing machine once every month to get rid of any lingering microbes and ensure your washing machine is performing its best for the cleanest, freshest clothes.

Not cleaning your washing machine is not only gross, but it can also cause your washer to work inefficiently and even cause damage. Save yourself from an appliance repair and regularly deep clean your washing machine.

If you have questions or need your washing machine repaired in Lincoln or Omaha, contact Nebraska’s choice for washing machine and appliance repair today. We look forward to helping you!