Washing machines do the big job of cleaning our clothes, but they also need a good clean from time to time. If you notice your clothes seem less fresh coming out of the washer, or there’s a musty odor when you open the washing machine door, it’s time to deep clean this important appliance. Here’s how to get a sparkling clean washing machine.

1) Disinfect the door.

The washing machine gasket and door can accumulate moisture and mildew over time, so it’s important to clean the seal and door before cleaning the rest of the machine. Soak old rags in hydrogen peroxide and stuff them in the crevices around the door. Wait an hour for the vinegar to kill any mold, odors, or bacteria, then wipe the area clean.

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2) Run an empty load on the hottest and largest setting.

To clean the inside of your washing machine, start by turning your empty washer on the largest load and hottest temperature setting.

3) Clean the drum with vinegar and baking soda.

Vinegar and baking soda are the perfect natural all-purpose cleaner combination to rinse out bad washing machine odors. If you have a front-loading machine, you can add half a cup of baking soda and a liter of vinegar before you begin the hot cycle. For a top-loading machine, let the water run for a few minutes to fill up the drum, then add the baking soda and vinegar.

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4) Rinse and repeat.

After the cycle runs its full course, wipe down the machine with a vinegar-soaked cloth. Run another empty cycle without the baking soda or vinegar, and enjoy fresher, cleaner clothes.

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