How to Clean a Washing Machine With Clorox

A washing machine takes on all the germs in the house, as well as dirt, grime, grease and everything else your family is exposed to.

It's a good idea to clean and sanitize your washer periodically, especially if someone has recently been sick with a contagious disease. One of the most effective methods of cleaning your washing machine is to use Clorox bleach, the same thing your mother and grandmother used for the same purpose since 1917.

Set the washing machine controls to the hottest water temperature and the longest agitation length.

Turn on the washer and, while it is filling, add 1 cup Clorox.

Stop the machine once the tub is full and. while wearing latex gloves, dip the sponge into the hot Clorox water.

Wipe down the inside cover and the area above the washer drum.

Close the washing machine lid and allow the machine to run through all cycles, the same as if you were washing a load of clothes.

Change the setting to "Rinse" only and allow the machine to run through an extra rinse cycle. All the Clorox will now be removed, and your washing machine will be clean and sanitized.

Things You Will Need

  • Sponge
  • Latex gloves

About the Author

Robin Hewitt began her writing career in 2008. She is the coauthor of several books, including "The Joyous Gift of Grandparenting," which covers the nutritional and fitness needs of both grandchildren and grandparents.