HOW TO CLEAN YOUR TOP LOAD WASHING MACHINE
I do this 3-4 times a year because of the line of work my husband is in. Normally, you should do this 1-2 times just to give your top loader a deep clean. Not only does it clean amazingly well, there is no toxic fumes!! Win. Win.
So here’s what you do:
1. Fill the washer with HOT water. Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar – no detergent – and let the machine agitate for a minute, then let it sit for 1/2 hour. While it is soaking, dip a scrubber sponge in the vinegar water and detail all the nooks and crannies of your washer, including the knobs, the lid and the exterior.
If your machine has built-in dispensers, clean those too. If your dispensers aren’t removable, warm 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the microwave or in a small saucepan. Pour it into the dispenser and allow it to sit for a few minutes to loosen any build up.
After 1/2 hour, allow the washer to run through its longest wash and spin cycle.
2. Immediately fill the washer with HOT water again and add 1 cap of thieves cleaner. Let agitate for a minute, and again, let it sit for one 1/2 hour.
Using the thieves and vinegar will clean away bacteria, soap scum, and mineral deposits from the wash basket and hoses. This is especially important if you live in a hard water area and should be done every three months.
After an hour, run the longest wash and spin cycle again.
Your trusty washing machine should now be shiny clean and ready for more abuse.