How to Clean Your Washing Machine

How to Clean Your Washing Machine: Mrs. Hines' Class

I was just reading over the “laundry quandary” post from the other day and remembered a tip that I’d like to share with you.

You may have noticed that the lid to the washing machine is open.

How to Clean Your Washing Machine: Mrs. Hines' Class

There’s a reason for that: it keeps the machine from smelling musty.  If you have a front loading machine, just leave the door ajar.

And here are a few more tips from Good HouseKeeping on “how to clean a washing machine.”

  • When a cycle’s finished, remove the load promptly. This will prevent a musty smell from developing in the washtub and then being transferred to your clothes and linens.
  • Running a monthly cleaning cycle can eliminate any odors that do develop. Many newer models have a special washer cleaning cycle. If yours doesn’t, add liquid chlorine bleach to the dispenser and run a normal cycle with hot water; or use a speciality cleaner, like Affreshor Tide Washing Machine Cleaner (following the packaging directions). If you have a front-loader, be sure to wipe the rubber gasket.
  • After each use, lift the lid or keep the door slightly ajar to allow air to circulate and dry out any remaining moisture. Don’t forget to remove any water or fabric softener gunk from the dispenser drawers. For help on how to clean them out, check your washer’s manual.
  • If you have a pet that sheds in the house, there’s no way around it, you’re going to find pet hair in your washer after running several loads. The easiest way to remove it is to leave the door open until the pet hair and drum are thoroughly dry. Then, using your vac’s soft brush attachment, vacuum out the pet hair.
  • Don’t forget to clean the exterior of your washer too. Use a soft damp cloth to wipe up spills and never use an abrasive cleanser or solvent which can scratch and damage the surface.
  • There is a hidden spot in your washing machine that you may have never thought to clean before — the inlet hose filters. You’ll find them inside the water inlet connections. Their purpose is to keep minerals and debris in your water from getting inside the washer. And when they’re clogged, water won’t flow adequately into the machine for a wash cycle.

Until next time,



  1. Hi there thanks for sharing this, I did not know these things…Dolly

  2. great ideas. I always leave the lid open on my ancient machine, glad to know it’s legit now. Thanks for sharing, liz

  3. Great tips! Love that vintage image:) Thanks for sharing…

    P.S. Popped by from Savannah Granny…

  4. Thanks for visiting…so glad to have you. Glad you enjoyed the tips. Come back any time!

  5. Liz, I’m always having to go behind my family and open the lid. I’ve explained why I like it open, but they forget. It really does work.

  6. Hi Sharon,
    This is an important tip- especially in our high humidity. I got rid of my fancy front loader for this reason. It was always smelling moldy, no matter what I did. I keep my top loader open, too, after laundry day.
    Have a great week and stay cool. Hope you didn’t get any flooding!
    xx, T.

  7. Hi Tina! I’ve heard that front loading machines have that problem. It says a lot that you went back to a top loading machine. No flooding here. How about you?

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