How To Clean A Top Loading Washing Machine With Vinegar And Bleach!

How to clean your washing machine – even if it’s not visibly dirty and grungy, this will help clean soap scum and mineral deposits in the pipes and hoses.

Did you know you need to clean your washing machine? Sounds counter-intuitive, right? Washing machines are what you use to clean your clothes. Don’t they just keep themselves clean every time you do a load of laundry? No they don’t! Washing machines get dirty just like anything else, so today I’m going to show you a simple, step by step tutorial on how to clean a washing machine with vinegar and bleach. It’s simple to do and it works wonders!

(By the way, cleaning your washing machine is a MUST after someone in your home has been sick! Here are 9 other ways to disinfect your home after flu season!)

How to clean a top loading washing machine with vinegar and bleach

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How To Clean A Top Loading Washing Machine With Vinegar And Bleach

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  • 3 hours and 20 minutes (total project time)

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We just bought our first house, and check out what was waiting for us in the laundry area of the basement…

How to clean a top loading washing machine with vinegar and bleach

GROSS!!!!

How to clean a top loading washing machine with vinegar and bleach

DOUBLE GROSS!!!!

Obviously that sucker needed a serious deep clean before our dirty laundry was going anywhere near it!

Instructions

Step 1: Bleach

Set your washing machine on the longest wash cycle and start it filling with hot water. HOT!

How to clean a top loading washing machine with vinegar and bleach

Add four cups of bleach as the machine is filling (don’t add detergent or anything else, just the bleach). Let the machine fill all the way and agitate for a minute or two to mix the bleach in.

Then turn it off and let the bleach mixture sit for an hour. (Get some other spring cleaning done while you’re waiting! Clean your microwave with vinegar, or make this homemade grout cleaner and clean your tile grout!)

After an hour, turn the machine back on again and let it completely run through its longest wash and spin cycle.

Step 2: Vinegar

As soon as the bleach cycle is done, immediately fill your washing machine again with hot water (still set on the longest wash cycle). This time add four cups of distilled white vinegar as the machine is filling (again no detergent, just vinegar). Let the machine agitate again for a minute or two and then turn it off and let the vinegar mixture sit for an hour.

This time, while the vinegar mixture is soaking for an hour, carefully dip your sponge in the vinegar water and clean the rest of the machine.

The dispensers for fabric softener and bleach are usually removable. On my machine, the fabric softener dispenser at the top of the agitator just twisted right off, and the bleach dispenser in the corner popped up when I pulled gently.

How to clean a top loading washing machine with vinegar and bleach - Remove the fabric softener dispenser and thoroughly clean it

How to clean a top loading washing machine with vinegar and bleach - Don't forget to clean in, around, and under the dispensers too!

Just toss the plastic dispensers into your washing machine and let them sit in the vinegar mixture for a few minutes. Wipe away any grunge on the machine itself, and then scrub the dispensers clean with your sponge.

How to clean a top loading washing machine with vinegar and bleach

The vinegar wash cycle will help remove a lot of the grunge inside the barrel of the washing machine, but if you have really bad scummy icky grossness like I did (or if there is soap scum and build up above the water level inside the machine) scrub those areas with the sponge now, while the vinegar mixture sits.

How to clean a top loading washing machine with vinegar and bleach

You can use the vinegar water to detail the exterior of your washer too; don’t forget the lid and the knobs!

Once an hour has passed, turn the machine back on and let it run through its longest wash and spin cycle.

And your washing machine should be good as new!

How to clean a top loading washing machine with vinegar and bleach

Besides cleaning inside the drum of your washing machine, the bleach and vinegar help clear out mineral deposits and soap scum in the pipes and hoses of your machine as well! So be sure to clean your washing machine with vinegar and bleach at least twice a year, and if, like us, you live in an area with hard water, aim for 3 or 4 times a year to keep everything running smoothly!

Also, remember to clean out your dryer vent about twice a year as well to prevent fire danger from lint buildup!

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  2. Samantha says

    1 year ago

    We just moved into a new house and the washing machine was so gross. We don’t have the money to spend on a new one so after researching a few sites I came back to your post. Thank you so much! This has saved us from spending the money on a new machine! It smells clean again!

  3. April says

    1 year ago

    I don’t see mention of the inside ring around the wash machine? Shouldbinclean that? I don’t even understand how it gets dirty? I don’t really think water goes there? But it is really yucky! I just am not sure if I clean it if water will go somewhere it’s not supposed to?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      3 months ago

      Do you mean the rubber ring seal around the top of the drum? That part can definitely be cleaned! You can clean any of the ports, rubber seals, or accessories with a sponge.

  4. April says

    1 year ago

    Mine has a weight setting, but it also has settings for smaller medium ect. I would think you would too? Also there should be a cleaning cycle?

  5. Alex says

    1 year ago

    Hey! Something i learned a while ago when doing cloth diapering was that hot water actually decomposes bleach and makes it less effective! Just something to consider 🙂 but i am glad i found this post! I am now cleaning my washer as we speak! 🙂

  6. Kassandra Martin says

    1 year ago

    This is how I used to clean my old washer and it worked great but my new one has this setting where it drains after 10 minutes of not being used. So I can’t just start it and let it fill up and then open it and let it soak. Any tips or ideas on how to clean in that case?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      1 year ago

      Is there a “soak” cycle on your machine? Or maybe can you fully turn the power off and let it soak? I don’t know if that would prevent it from auto-draining but it might. The other option is to clean it like it’s a front-loading washer, which you can’t soak in either. Find the “clean” cycle setting or whatever seems like the most heavy duty wash cycle, set it to that, fill it with hot water, add 2 cups of vinegar (instead of 4), let it run through the full cycle, then start another “clean” cycle with hot water, add 2 cups of bleach (instead of 4), let it run through the full cycle. And let it run through one more full cycle with just plain hot water, nothing added, to clean everything out. Here’s a really good tutorial with details if you want! http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/how-to-fix-smelly-washing-machine.html

      • Melissa Ferman says

        10 months ago

        One thing this method doesn’t completely clean is the *outer* tub of your washer. I have a 2003 top load Whirlpool that I had been keeping immaculate for years but it was still getting that musty, nasty smell between washes. When it quit spinning one day, I researched the problem, bought the part, and decided to fix it myself. When I pulled the inner tube out after removing the agitator, I found the source of the gross smell. 15 years of built-up, caked on nastiness on the outside of the metal tub AND on the inside of the plastic outer tub. I took the opportunity to scrub it but good while it was dismantled. Believe it or not, that was a harder job than replacing the broken part on the motor that kept the thing from spinning!!

        So, if you have a washer that’s super gross on the inside and you clean it and it doesn’t seem to be fixing the stank, take the whole thing apart and REALLY deep clean the inner and outer tub. You’ll be glad you did.

  7. Cheryl says

    1 year ago

    I recently got a HE top-loader. I was sleep-deprived as my mother was in the hospital for a long period, and I was running back and forth. Without thinking it through, I put vinegar into the bleach dispenser and went about my merry way. Later when I was going to add bleach to a load, I remembered that I had poured the vinegar down that channel and there would be dried residue I supposed. My question is this: How do I get the vinegar cleared from this or is it now not safe to use bleach in my machine? It was several months before I realized what I had done. Mom’s illness has been catastrophic, and we have been pretty much like zombies since just before Christmas trying to care for her.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      1 year ago

      I would run a few loads and put just clear water in the bleach dispenser. In theory the machine runs water through that dispenser every load to “scoop up” the bleach or whatever else you’ve put in there, but it won’t hurt to run a few loads with water in the dispenser. After that any vinegar residue should be gone and it’ll be fine to start putting bleach in the dispenser again. No worries!

  8. Paula says

    1 year ago

    The best thing I”ve ever done is when replacing my old machine, I got one with a “Tub Clean” feature….it’s wonderful! Using this, I haven’t had to hand clean mine at all! Happy days are here again….LOL!

  9. Wanda says

    4 years ago

    mixing vinegar and bleach releases chlorine gas, which was used in gas warfare in WWI. I wouldn’t do it, especially in an enclosed space.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 years ago

      Yes, that’s why you use the two separately. The instructions in the post are very clear that the first cycle you run contains bleach, and the second cycle contains vinegar. You don’t mix them together.

  10. Katrina says

    5 years ago

    Awesome advice! The rental house we live in has a filthy washer and I’m thrilled to try this. I’m also going to try your homemade laundry soap. Thank you for all the valuable information.

  11. Teal says

    5 years ago

    I have a locking lid top loader. I let it fill up then I paused it to add the bleach. I started it up again and let it agitate a few minutes. Then paused it again so it could sit for an hour. Well after 12 minutes it started draining the water. Any way to prevent that? I ended up starting it again and just letting it run its load. Then I did the same thing with vinegar and while I had it paused and open I cleaned the rims, etc and again after 12 minutes it started draining and drained the whole thing.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      5 years ago

      Do you have a “soak” setting on your machine? It is probably draining itself just as a precaution; maybe it thinks you forgot about it or something. But if there’s a “soak” cycle you could try using that instead!

    • mandy cat says

      4 years ago

      I have one of the newer high efficiency (top loading) washers and, if yours is like mine, it has a mind of its own. Mine even locks the door until either it has finished all its cycles or I cancel the whole process. “Hey, no peeking, lady.” I follow the cleaning instructions in the owners manual and hope for the best.

  12. Sarah Boyle says

    5 years ago

    Hi! I am doing this as I type. I am a clean freak and did the normal cleaning routine when we bought it used. I am so happy to have found a deep clean solution. My boyfriend thinks I am crazy for washing the washing machine. Boy wait till he sees the before and after pictures! I am excited to do laundry after it’s clean. I bet my towels with smell much better. I am cleaning my Moms washer later today. Thank you so much!!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      5 years ago

      Good luck with it, I hope it works as well for you as it did for us!

  13. KatyB says

    5 years ago

    Can you tell me if it would be safe to use that much bleach to clean the washer, knowing we have a septic system? I have heard that bleach messes with the organisms in the septic tank.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      5 years ago

      Good question! Too much bleach can definitely harm the beneficial bacteria in a septic tank, but what I’ve read says it takes more than two gallons poured straight down a drain at once (undiluted) to start killing off the bacteria. The active agents in bleach break down into salt and water as they react with the “things” they touch, so the theory is that as the bleach cleans your washing machine, pretty much all of the active agents in the bleach will react with stuff like dirt and germs in your machine and turn into harmless salt and water. And any active agents that remain will probably find plenty of “things” to react with in your pipes on the way to the septic tank. So overall I think 4 cups of bleach diluted in a washer full of water is just fine for your system! But to be on the safe side, maybe just clean your washer once a year, not every week or anything crazy like that! 🙂

  14. Sharon says

    5 years ago

    I have this same washing machine and just brought it in from the garage because when I bought my house it had a washer and dryer in it. So when the one in the house broke I brought in my one from the garage and the only thing it needed was to be washed and oil the belt. Thank you for this information

  15. Brenda Harmon says

    5 years ago

    I always run a cycle with water only to flush out residual bleach from hoses. Over time bleach will erode rubber hoses.

    • Ellen Seebacher says

      6 months ago

      The same is true of vinegar, and in fact _Consumer Reports_ includes washing machines among the “9 Things You Should Never Clean With Vinegar”:

      “It’s a problem that Steven Grayson, owner of Foothills Appliance Service in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, sees fairly frequently: ‘With continual use, vinegar can literally melt hoses, causing leaks and thereby possibly all kinds of additional damage to the house,’ says Grayson. In his experience, front-load washers are especially susceptible to vinegar-related damage.”

      https://www.consumerreports.org/cleaning/things-you-should-never-clean-with-vinegar-distilled-white-vinegar/

  16. wendy b says

    5 years ago

    What if you isr cold water only? Would it work the same?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      5 years ago

      A few people asked that in the comments above too; I believe it will still work, it’s just that hot water is better at dissolving the grease and grime than cold water is. You can always heat water on the stove and add it if you’re worried about it, but that’s a lot of extra work!

  17. Kristin says

    5 years ago

    I loved this on cleaning the washer! Only makes sense to get dirty as you make others clean!
    Do you think you could make this blog printable? Or tell me how I could do it? I used to be able to from my mailbox, but now-a-days so many things are “bigger & better” than I understand that I no longer can in that way 🙁
    Better yet, have all blogs printable or that blogs print name would be given under the title would be given and that print name would be entered in a place on a site set up to print all blogs and just the blogs writing would be printed not the side ads/whatnot? As when recipes are printed, there could give the individual choice of whether to print pictures, place for their own notes, blogs, etc.
    LOL Looking back on this what a first blog! Many Thanks!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      5 years ago

      You can print any blog post you want directly from your browser! Just go up to the File menu and select Print, and it will print out the post for you. 🙂

  18. kristie b says

    5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this!!!! I never thought to do this. I generally clean the edges and outside and easy to reach areas with a dish towel before I toss it in the wash. Never thought to do an good empty clean and run the bleach and then vinegar mixture to clear the lines. I also never took the agitator in the middle apart to clean where the softener goes… let me just say… it was NASTY. Grime was everywhere. Just finished up. I’m excited to do a load of laundry later to see if my clothes are fresher now 😀

  19. Jennifer says

    6 years ago

    Just in time! I had never thought to wash my washing machine? Just this morning I noticed that there was a little mold in the softener dispenser, which we hardly ever use. I followed your advice and I am so glad I did! It was horrible in there . I can’t believe I have been washing our clothes in that!

  20. len says

    6 years ago

    Hi
    I live Asia in a house with no hot water service and was wondering if there is a cold water solution

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      5 years ago

      You can certainly do it with cold water if that’s what you have! Hot water works better to help dissolve the gunk, but even with cold water it should help clean your machine! Or if you prefer you can heat water on the stove and pour it into the machine, but that’s a lot of extra work. 🙂

  21. Betty Neville says

    6 years ago

    Does this work with cold water. I don’t have hot water hooked up to my washer.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      I think it will work! The hot water just helps to dissolve the scum and gunk better, but it should work just fine with cold.

    • Claire Winson says

      5 years ago

      I had the same question, we also have only cold water going in. It desperately needs a clean though, so will give it a shot and let you know how it goes!

  22. Cathy says

    6 years ago

    I had to smile because your washer is the exact same as mine. I have had it for almost 20 years and it still works great but it needed a refreshing bath! I’m in the process of cleaning it now per your instructions. Thanks for posting this!

  23. Darwin Thomas says

    6 years ago

    Thank you for the tutorial. I bought a house recently and stumbled across your site about cleaning the washer? The previous owners left the washer and dryer here and the property had been a rental for them so I knew there was no maintaining done. I did the washer last evening per your instructions and OMG was this filthy. It’s clean now this will be done a couple times a year!! Thank You Again!!

  24. Lori says

    6 years ago

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! We bought a house last spring and the previous owners left their washer and dryer for us. They didn’t look that bad, but I just cleaned it using this method and it was GROSS!!! I will definitely be adding this to my cleaning rotation. I told hubby I was cleaning the wash machine, and he gave me a funny look and asked if it really needed to be cleaned, ha ha. Thanks again! I am almost looking forward to do some laundry 😉

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      So glad it worked for you! We just bought a house in March and the previous owner left us this mess too; I’m really glad it was so easy to clean!

  25. Melissa says

    6 years ago

    SO…how would this work on those washing machines that go by weight (of clothes, etc) before deciding how much water goes in? NO water would go in to help do this…HELP!!!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      Hmm, good question Melissa! I don’t have any experience with those types of machines. Is there any sort of setting on the machine for cleaning the machine, or something that will allow you to just run water through the machine without any clothes in it?

  26. Nicole Brant says

    6 years ago

    When you clean the dispensers do you have to rinse and dry them before putting them back on or can they be put back on while wet?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      I would rinse them out really well, but they can be wet when you put them back!

  27. Pamela says

    6 years ago

    A scientist here in Japan found that the water inside of most washing machines is dirtier than what you find in many dirty rivers. That has led to many people here doing what you are suggesting, regularly cleaning their washing machines. Many Japanese washing machines now come with a cleaning cycle that lasts for about 10 hours and we can purchase special bleaches and disinfectants for this purpose. I even heard of one case of a child’s skin disorder of some sort being cured after they washed the inside of the washing machine. Quite a bit of mold can be found inside the unseen parts of a washing machine… That’s why we have to regularly wash them.

  28. Claudia Newcomb says

    6 years ago

    in regard to the question of how to clean a top loading washer around the hinges of the lid, I found that the inexpensive foam paint brushes work well. They will scrunch down to get into the areas you can’t reach with a regular sponge.
    I’ve been wondering how to clean my washer and knew there had to be an answer on Pinterest! Thanks!

  29. Anne says

    6 years ago

    This is something that I have been putting off for the longest time. I came across this on Pinterest and you’ve inspired me to get my washer clean! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Kim says

    6 years ago

    Thank you, thank you! I tried cleaning my washer with an over the counter product that was dangerous if it touched the skin and it did nothing! My washer looks brand new now that I used the bleach and vinegar. The mildew smell has disappeared!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      Awesome Kim, I am so glad to hear it worked for you! That mildew smell is the worst, so I’m glad it’s gone!!!

  31. Savannah Sater says

    6 years ago

    I have a concentrated bleach should I use only 2 cups of bleach?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      No need! Clorox’s new “concentrated” bleach is only slightly stronger than their original stuff, and the Concentrated version is what I used. I think their bleach with “Concentrated” on the label is pretty much the standard now; I haven’t seen the regular stuff in stores recently. If you’re worried about it, feel free to use less, but I would use 3 cups instead of 4 cups. Their concentrated formula is definitely not twice as strong as the regular stuff!

  32. ellee says

    6 years ago

    Any ideas on how to do this for the coin operated machine at my apartment building? The machine stinks and the landlady won’t take care of it. It is top loading- the problem is that the only way to stop it is by opening the machine and no cycles can be repeated or started again- in other words it has to be run all the way through.

    Thank you!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      Ours is the same way; if the lid is shut it runs, no matter what, and the only way to stop it is to open the lid. You can just leave the lid open while it soaks, that’s what I did! Maybe leave a sign if it’s in a public laundry room so no one accidentally shuts the lid and starts the cycle too soon. Another way is, usually there is a tiny plastic part that sticks out of the lid that, when you close the lid, goes into a hole and pushes a button to let the machine know to start up. If you clip a clothespin around that plastic stick, you can close the lid but the stick part won’t go far enough into the hole to push the button. That way it mostly looks like the lid is closed, it just isn’t closed all the way. But I would definitely leave a note either way to make sure no one accidentally starts it up too soon and wastes the cycle, and good luck!

  33. Heather says

    6 years ago

    How did you get the area around the corners of the lid (where it is hinged) so clean? I’ve wanted to take the lid off of mine (which is exactly like yours) to clean up the gunk and rust, but haven’t been able to figure out how it’s removed. :/

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      I didn’t remove the lid, I just took a sponge and squeezed soapy water all around the hinges and let it sit while I cleaned the rest of the washer. Then I came back a few minutes later and the gunk pretty much just wiped away with the sponge and rinsed down the drain as I poured more clean water over the hinges. Also, if you have a spray bottle, after the gunk has soaked for a few minutes, you can use the water pressure from the spray bottle to wash it away anywhere the sponge can’t reach!

  34. Lori says

    6 years ago

    Bleach is useful for stain removal, but be very careful what you mix it with as you can produce TOXIC FUMES. Vinegar and bleach should never be mixed together.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      Very true! That’s what you have to run two separate wash loads to clean your machine this way!

  35. Mary says

    7 years ago

    I used this method to clean my washer a few years ago. Since then, I’ve only used powder detergent (mostly homemade) as well as homemade fabric softener (made with white distilled vinegar). It helps keep it clean. Liquid detergents leave a lot more residue.

  36. Erlene says

    7 years ago

    Wow it’s amazing what a little bleach, clorox, and sponge can do. I think I need to be putting this on my spring cleaning to do list.

  37. Amands says

    7 years ago

    I am wondering, is this possible with a locking washer? We have a top loading washer, but the water does not turn on until the lid is closed and then locks. You have to pause the wash to open the lid. Would I allow to fill halfway then add the bleach or vinegar, then resume to finish?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      7 years ago

      Yep, that would work perfectly! Fill it halfway, then lift the lid and add the bleach, then shut the lid and let it finish filling, and let it start agitating for a minute, then just unlock and lift the lid again to let it sit for an hour. And do the same thing on the vinegar cycle.

      • Jennifer says

        4 years ago

        That won’t necessarily work. I tried soaking my youngest daughter’s baby clothes because she had bad reflux and really messed them up. I left the lid up and the water just drained out. Also, many of the new top loading HE machines have a weight sensor and fill with water by the weight of the load so if there aren’t any clothes in there, it’s not going to fill.

        • Jessi Wohlwend says

          4 years ago

          Hmm, in my older model top loader it never drained as long as I left the lid up. But maybe there’s some sort of timer built in where it drains if it thinks you forgot about it or something. Is there a “soak” setting on the newer machines that allows you to fill and soak the clothes? My older model has that setting where it just allows it to fill and sit, but I don’t know for the newer ones. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

          • Sue says

            4 years ago

            On my washer, you just pull the knob out or in, which ever way yours works…that way the cycle is stopped and the timer is not running..

    • Chris Bobbitt says

      5 years ago

      The lock can probably be bypassed so you can have the lid open throughout the cycle. Stick a magnet to the front of the washer right next to the gizmo that pops out to do the locking. (There’s a magnet inside the lid at this spot, so you’re tricking the washer into thinking the lid is closed.) With Whirlpool washers, you also have to limit the reach of the gizmo. I hold the toothbrush I’ve used to scrub stains against the magnet so the gizmo pops out only 3/4 inch. I always do my laundry this way so I can be sure of a thorough rinse.

      • Rose says

        1 year ago

        Unplug the machine???

  38. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods says

    7 years ago

    I was seriously looking at my washing machine yesterday thinking… how am I supposed to clean this guck?
    Pinning and doing!

    ~ Ashley

  39. Vanessa says

    7 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful reminder!

  40. Laura says

    7 years ago

    Just one reminder: DO NOT USE BLEACH AND VINEGAR together. Mixed they can let off toxic fumes that can be extremely harmful (acid/base)

    • 180out says

      4 years ago

      Ammonia mixed with bleach is a crude form of Mustard Gas. Vinegar and bleach make toxic Chlorine Gas.

      Vinegar, which is acidic, will react with bleach (NaOCl) and release toxic fume of chlorine. If you don’t remove yourself fast enough from the room, you could end up dead…
      Along the same line, never mix cleaning products like Lysol with bleach. Same thing could happen. In fact, avoid mixing bleach with anything. Use it alone. If you feel the need to make your place extra clean, apply another cleaning product after you have made sure yoi have cleaned away all the bleach.

      Chlorine poisoning can occur when you inhale chlorine. Chlorine reacts with water including the water in your lungs to form hydrochloric acid and hydrochlorous acid. Both of these substances are extremely poisonous.

      • Cynde says

        10 months ago

        I inhaled bleach cleaning my mother in laws shower years ago and got chemical pneumonia. Use caution when using any of these chemicals and only use in a well ventilated room.

  41. Trish says

    7 years ago

    How do you clean a front loading washing machine?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      7 years ago

      It’s sort of the same idea Trish. If your front-loading washing machine has a “clean” cycle setting, set it to that, fill it with hot water, add 2 cups of vinegar (instead of 4), let it run through the full cycle, then start another “clean” cycle with hot water, add 2 cups of bleach (instead of 4), let it run through the full cycle. And let it run through one more full cycle with just plain hot water, nothing added, to clean everything out. Here’s a really good tutorial with details if you want! http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/how-to-fix-smelly-washing-machine.html

      • Gale Barnett says

        5 years ago

        Front load get a flashlight and stick head inside and look back and up at the rubber seal thing. You need to have some vinegar on a sponge and toothbrush to scrub the mold and soap off. Then run cycles to get the behind the drum gunk.

    • Marie says

      5 years ago

      Hello,

      Have you ever tried cleaning underneath the rim top inside of the washer where the rubber runs in a circle at the top of the wash tub?

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