How to Clean a Stale Washing Machine

A stale washing machine can be caused by many things, including soap or fabric softener residue, mold or mildew. The dark, damp conditions of a washing machine create the perfect environment for mold to grow. This mold growth can cause a foul odor and even affect your laundry. Clean the inside of your washing machine with a common household item to neutralize the stale odor and prevent mold and mildew growth.

Vinegar removes buildup and mold, leaving your washing machine clean and fresh.
  1. Turn off the washing machine and remove any detergent or fabric softener dispensers according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  2. Rinse the dispensers under hot running water and scrub them with an old toothbrush to remove any buildup. Put the dispensers back into place on the washing machine.

  3. Pour 1/2 gallon of white or cider vinegar into the washing machine.

  4. Set the washing machine to a full hot water cycle. Allow it to run through the cycle completely.

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