How to Clean the Drum in a Roper Washing Machine

Even though the inside drum of your Roper washing machine is exposed to plenty of soap and water, it also is exposed to dirt and grime from the garments and linens it washes, as well as build-up from the detergents and fabric softeners you use.

Washing machines can suffer from build-up.
In addition, the drum can develop hard water deposits. All of these types of build-up can cause your washing machine's performance to suffer which can lead to your clothes and linens being poorly washed. Fortunately, you can clean the drum of your Roper washer with the help of a few household products. .

Set your washing machine to the largest wash load possible on a hot water setting. Monitor the machine so that you can add the cleaners to it when it first begins to agitate.

Pour 3 cups of distilled white vinegar or 2 cups of pure lemon juice and 1/2 cup of baking soda to the cycle. Allow the cycle to complete.

Wipe down the inside of the drum with a clean cloth to remove any residue that was loosened but still remains.

Run the washer through a normal cycle, or one for heavily soiled clothes, on a cold water setting to remove any additional residue.

Things You Will Need

  • 3 cups of distilled white vinegar or 2 cups of pure lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • Hot water
  • Towel
  • Cold water


  • If you have used dye or tint in your washing machine, you can clean it by adding 1 cup of chlorine bleach and 2 cups of detergent to a washing machine set on a hot water cycle. Run the cycle completely and then check for remaining dye or tint. Repeat the process if needed.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.