Cleaning a washing machine starts with just two items*:
- 1 quart of bleach
- 1 quart of white vinegar
*Some of you might be thinking: But wait, isn’t it dangerous to mix bleach and vinegar? The answer is yes, but we will not be mixing the two here. Read on…
- Fill the empty washer with hot water, as if you’re doing a large load of laundry.
- Add the quart of bleach, and let the full machine run for one minute to mix up the bleach with the water.
- Open the top of the machine and let it sit, all bleach-y and full, for an hour.
- At the end of the hour, shut the cover and let the machine run a complete cycle. (The water will drain out all the bleach, so it won’t have a chance to mix with the vinegar.)
- When it’s done, start again. This time, when you fill the washer with hot water, add the quart of white vinegar to the water and down the bleach channel.
- Let the machine run for a minute to agitate the water and vinegar.
- After that minute, open the top of the machine and, again, let the hot water sit in the basin for an hour before you let the cycle complete.
- After cleaning the basin, spray the gaskets, dispensers, and exterior of the machine with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Wipe everything down with a clean cloth.