I was so excited when we relocated to southern Florida from Virginia. We left the crisp, cool air for warm, sunny beaches.
You’ll hardly ever hear a complaint out of me about it because I love the weather, the food, the culture, and the beaches.
I may say a thing or two about it raining more than I expected, but I keep an umbrella in my car just in case it suddenly starts to rain.
I also wasn’t expecting to see this many lizards so close to our home. I’ve seen everything from tiny geckos to large iguana just hanging out in my yard.
My list of complaints is very short, but I do have something new to add and it’s a little embarrassing even to share these pictures.
The smell that was coming from my washing machine!
I just learned that the humidity, sand, and hair from my dog constantly shedding from the heat (I constantly wash his bed and blankets) can cause bacteria and mildew to build up and start to smell.
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I want to share with you how to clean a top loading washing machine, so you won’t have the same complaint. Enjoy!
What You Need To Clean a Top Loading Washing Machine
- 3 Cups White Distilled Vinegar
- 1 ½ Cups Baking Soda
- Cleaning Gloves
- Used Toothbrush (Not to be used for teeth)
- Cleaning Rag
How to Clean a Top Loading Washing Machine
Turn the washing machine to the hottest setting and the highest loading capacity.
Slowly pour in the vinegar.
Slowly pour in the baking soda.
Allow the washing machine to agitate for one minute. Turn of machine.
Allow the water to sit for 30 – 45 minutes.
Put on the cleaning gloves. While the machine is sitting, use the water in the machine and the rag to wipe off excess dirt.
Dip the toothbrush in the water and scrub the hard to reach places or stubborn dirt.
Allow the washing machine to run a full cycle. Enjoy your newly cleaned and non-smelly washing machine!
If you like this cleaning tutorial, you may like this one for toilet fizzy bombs!
Is there anything baking soda and vinegar can’t clean? Thanks for the great tip. My washing machine is in desperate need of cleaning.
Good to know, probably time to do this to our machine 🙂
Michelle Gwynn Jones
I don’t know about you , but I hate the fact that things that are suppose to clean need cleaning. And I resent the fact that the vacuum cleaner gets dusty.
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It won’t be dusty if you use it once in a while..I found that out when we hired a lady to clean our house!
Kathy Kenny Ngo
My Mom would freak out if our stuff becomes that dirty. She would just lose it. She’s a little OC with cleanliness so theses tips would work wonders.
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June Warren C. Bordas
This looks so interesting and effective. I’m going to try this out. Thanks.
That’s really cool, you can see how much cleaner it is at the end. Vinegar and baking soda really do a lot of wonders, especially when it comes to cleaning appliances!
Life as a Convert
This is a great cleaning tip. I need to clean the bar that spins the clothes around. I’m not sure what it is called, but it appears to have some sort of build up on it. I keep the rest of my washer clean weekly by wiping it down with a dirty wash cloth before washing it.
Such a good tips. I could use this to my washing machine It have a dirty marks
It’s nice to learn about cleaning things we use everyday. Humidity in FL is high and it really can take a toll.
Thanks for the reminder! Now I need to add this on my list of things that needs cleaning for our upcoming spring cleaning! Yikes!
Thanks for sharing these awesome tips! My washing machine is pretty dirty
i also used baking soda for cleaning, it works really wonder.
Very useful. You always hear about people and their front loading washing machines, but there’s not a lot of tips out there for top loaders 🙂
Thanks for sharing this. I like the idea of using the washer itself to mix and warm the cleaning concoction! Cleaning a top loading machine actually seems easier than I expected it to be, so I’ll have to give this a try sometime soon.
It is a must needed work to clean my washing machine properly, after all, it’s clean all my clothes and ease my load.
Excellent tips. It’s nice to learn about cleaning things we use everyday.
The Kreative Life
I’m glad that you found them helpful, Gaston!
Can baking soda and vinegar spoil the color? Thanks
The Kreative Life
Hi, Lana! The baking soda and vinegar have not changed the color of the washing machine. It hasn’t had any effect on my clothes either.
Not a busy Mom here but a single guy with a very sheddy dog. I find that if I leave the lid UP between loads, it gets rid of that moldy, musty smell up around the rubber seal on the top of the drum. Great, informative video! You keep house like my Mom back in Iowa…no crevasse goes unscrubbed!
A mesh bag will guard these guys from tangling and tearing in the drum of the washing machine.
Amber @ Themastercleangroup
Wonderful blog again as always. It is important to make sure our washer is always in a good condition, so that we can wash our clothes better next time!
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